Community engagement

The cement plants, which are predominantly located in rural areas, bring benefits to the local communities. Numbers employed on the plants have declined over recent years as processes have been modernised and updated but still the industry remains a significant contributor to both direct and indirect employment.

More active community engagement is a feature of the modern cement industry in Ireland. A number of the plants have regular community newsletters, which are distributed to their neighbours.

Open days are help for neighbours and community groups. School visits by pupils and teachers from local schools are encouraged and are a regular feature of the academic year.

With new developments in the industry public information offices were provided as required and information booklets have been circulated to ensure any questions that arise in the community are addressed.

New IPPC licenses identify community engagement as an important feature of modern industrial facilities. Licence conditions require regular community newsletters and more organised community engagement.