Extra salt deliveries are 'wishful thinking'
Published 11/01/2010 | 05:00
ALMOST 15,000 tonnes of road salt is due to be delivered in Ireland over the next week.
But one salt importer has warned it was "wishful thinking" to expect massive supplementary salt supplies to be delivered immediately after that.
Tadhg Healy, boss of the Cork-based Irish International Trading Corporation (IITC), said it took weeks from placing a salt order for it to be produced and ferried from Spain to Ireland.
IITC is now expecting a 3,500-tonne shipment of salt to be delivered to Cork Port over the next 24 hours -- and a further 5,000-tonne shipment is expected in the following days.
Combined with shipments to Limerick, Ireland will then be able to replenish its salt supplies.
But Mr Healy said he was baffled by where the Government was going to get the massive additional salt supplies from within a matter of a few days.
"Given our knowledge of the business -- and we have been in the salt trade for 50 years -- it has to be ordered, produced and shipped. All that takes time so I think it is wishful thinking, unless they (the Government) have some other (salt) outlet that I am unaware of," he added.
IITC said it had received desperate pleas for salt from local authorities in 25 of Ireland's 26 counties.