FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL for future uses of the Roche site in Clarecastle has been offered to Clare County Council.

With the first two phases of the remediation of its 88-acre site in Clarecastle, Co. Clare now complete and the final environmental remediation phase now underway, Roche Ireland has commenced discussions with key stakeholders on the potential future for this prime site in Co. Clare.

An event at Roche’s Clarecastle site on Wednesday marked the first step in this process with the presentation of a letter from Roche senior management to Clare County Council offering the Council ‘the benefit of a right of first refusal in respect of the Roche site in Clarecastle after the remediation works are complete’.

Remediation works will take a number of years to complete. Given this timespan and the many stakeholders involved, detailed planning for the site’s future will now begin.

Representatives from Roche Global Headquarters in Basel, Roche Products Dublin, Clare County Council, the Clarecastle community, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, and the Environmental Protection Agency, together with elected representatives, attended the on-site event. Guests were taken on a guided tour of the site to showcase the remediation work undertaken by Roche to date and the plans for the completion of the project.

Recognised as a key strategic site in the Ennis 2040 Economic and Spatial Strategy, the redevelopment of the Roche site is expected to play a key role in the economic development of the county in the years ahead.

Addressing visitors to the site, Dr. Georg Singewald, Head of Global Manufacturing Science, Engineering & Sustainability, Roche Basel, said: “The Roche remediation project is the largest project of this nature being undertaken in Ireland and represents a significant investment by Roche to leave a site that can enable a future investor to create sustainable employment. Our objectives in decommissioning the 88-acre site are twofold – to deliver a site suitable for the creation of sustainable jobs into the future and to leave a positive legacy for the local community, Clare, and Ireland. This process is now well underway. Today’s event is the start of planning a future for the site. Roche will leave the site once the decommissioning is complete”.

Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, Cllr Joe Cooney (FG) outlined that the local authority has worked closely with Roche as a major employer in the region over many years and more recently in supporting the decommissioning project. “Today marks the next phase on this journey and it is important that the local authority plays a key role in shaping the future development of the Clarecastle site”.

A full masterplan of the site will be completed by the Council, Chief Executive Pat Dowling confirmed. He said this document would “set a clear vision for its future as a location for investment and employment in the Mid-West region. We look forward to embarking on this next phase in partnership with Roche, the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and others. It is important that the development of the site is integrated with the overall development of Clarecastle and be complementary to the village and community”.

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