The Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, has warmly welcomed confirmation that American automotive coating company Magni has applied for planning permission to expand their operations at the IDA estate in Quartertown.

“This is a significantly IDA backed operation, an agency that falls under my Department,” said Minister Sherlock. “It will allow for up to 50 jobs to be created locally in Mallow and I look forward to following the planning application for the expansion at the old Hi-Cone building. Coupled with the recent confirm-ation that the Live Register in Mallow fell by 9%, this is yet another welcome development for the town.”

Mallow Cllr Ronan Sheehan also welcomed the planning application, saying that he understood that 20 jobs could be created immediately, with the potential for 50 jobs a serious prospect.

“This is a strong commit-ment to Mallow by the company in question, and one that will bring tangible results to people locally,” said Cllr Sheehan. “The planning application has been lodged so the process must now run its course, but it is a positive and welcome development.”

Minister Sherlock also sought to address concerns raised by Town Councillors last week regarding IDA involvement in Mallow.

“I noted concerns raised by the outgoing Town Council regarding IDA engagement in the town,” said Minister Sherlock.

“I want to reassure councillors and people in Mallow that I engage on a weekly basis with the Regional Manager of the IDA on issues and matters pertaining to north Cork and other areas within my constituency. This latest announcement in Quarter-town is yet another testament of the signific-ance that the IDA places on the issue of employment and industrial development in Mallow.”