The Irish High Court has delayed an order that would have allowed RTP to build a proposed compounding plant.
The court made the decision on 30 July, according to an email received from Save Our Skibbereen (SOS), a local group that has opposed the plant. The decision also was reported by the Southern Star newspaper on the same day.
Local zoning board An Bord Pleanala (ABP) consented to the decision. ABP had approved the project in late November last year. The main grounds for the court's decision, according to SOS, was that the screening by ABP for appropriate assessment was in breach of requirements laid down by the European Union's Court of Justice in 2017.
The case now will be returned by the court to ABP for further consideration. That process will take 12-18 months, and no development can begin in that period, SOS said.
Officials with Winona, Minnesota-based RTP had no comment on the latest developments. The firm already has a series of plants in Europe, located in France and Germany. A new plant opened in Poland last year.
According to reports, the 16,000 sq ft plant would create as many as 40 new jobs.
SOS officials said in an email that the decision "...is excellent news, however it does not mean that the planning has been completely withdrawn and so we remain vigilant and ready to do whatever it takes to ensure that this development will never proceed."
RTP, a major global compounder, first proposed the Skibbereen plant in late 2017. Skibbereen is a town of about 3,000 people which is less than 10 miles from Ireland's southern coast. The area is a popular tourist destination and an area of natural beauty.
SOS is concerned about the environmental impact of the plant. More than 6,000 area residents have signed a petition opposing the project. Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, who owns a historic castle in the area, has publicly opposed the project.