Cousins clash over abattoir proposal

COUSIN is pitched against cousin in a bitter planning row centred on a proposal to build an abattoir in the Co Limerick countryside.

Limerick farmer and butcher Jim Flavin wants to build an abattoir on lands he owns at Grange.

Among the 28 objectors are his cousins, one of whom said yesterday that he would sell up and leave if the abattoir gets planning approval.

JP McManus bought a 100-acre walled estate for €4.5 million as a wedding present for his daughter Sue Ann a short distance from where Mr Flavin wants to build his abattoir.

Mr Flavin, who runs a butchers business in Castletroy, says he wants to build an abattoir to provide farm-to-fork meat for his customers. A slaughterhouse is the missing link in this chain.

However, objectors say an abattoir would cause huge environmental problems.

The butcher’s first cousin John Flavin, who farms and runs a wood joinery at Grange, said: “I will have to get out of here if this goes ahead. I live about 200 yards from the proposed development.”

He said there was no indication in the planning application how many animals it was proposed to slaughter.

Mr Flavin said: “I don’t think it would be viable to have an abattoir just to supply his own customers.

“You could have animals being brought in by lorry at all hours to be slaughtered here. There is only a small road to the site. What would happen the offal and its disposal? There would be an awful smell from this business and it would destroy the whole environment of the entire area.”

He said an engineer’s report he had commissioned on the planning application showed up a lot of unanswered questions.

Mr Flavin said they will have to await the council’s decision and depending on that they will decide what action they will pursue.

Grange has become a popular housing area with sites selling for €150,000.

Butcher Jim Flavin said his proposal fits in well with government guidelines on the development of small abattoirs in all council areas.

He said: “I fully accept the right of any citizen to make use of the planning process to ventilate reasoned objections that they have to this development and this will be dealt with in due course by the process.”

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