Limerick farm 'odour' case back in court
The future of a successful beef farming enterprise is hinging on the outcome of a court hearing, scheduled for hearing next week, over 'odour' from a farm.
Limerick County Council had its case against Jim Flavin, who farms 100ha near Ballyneety, 'proven' at a court hearing at Kilmallock last October.
However, the case was adjourned to allow parties to engage.
"Mediation has broken down and if I lose I'll be put out of farming and my business will be badly effected," he told the Farming Independent this week.
Mr Flavin produces up to 1,000 heifers a year in a 'farm to fork' fashion, with the heifers supplying two butcher stalls which Mr Flavin operates in Limerick.
A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council expressed "disappointment" that mediation had not been successful and said that they had "no further comment" on the "regrettable" case.
The action was taken after residents close to the farm complained about a "sweet smell", which at other times was likened to dead animals, while a Department of Agriculture inspection of the farm did not find any problem.