IRELAND'S first major crematorium outside Dublin is to be built in Cork - but not at the village of Ovens as was suggested several years ago.
An Bord Pleanala yesterday ratified Cork Co Council's decision to grant planning permission for a high-tech new ?2.5m crematorium at Rocky Island in Cork harbour at a former British navy arsenal.
The project was upheld despite a number of third party objections.
The currently derelict island was also once used as a storage area by Irish Steel/Irish Ispat.
Ireland's first major toxic waste incinerator is proposed for the opposite side of the harbour on a plot of land also once owned by Irish Steel/Irish Ispat.
Rocky Island has been unused since the steel mill collapsed in 2001.
Now an investment firm, Strikemount Ltd, proposes to build a state-of-the-art crematorium to cater for the requirements of Munster funeral directors.
Until now, cremations could only take place in Dublin where the State's three crematoria operate.
It is hoped that the new Cork crematorium can be operational by 2006/2007.
The man behind the project is Louis Ronan, the multi-millionaire of BSE testing firm Enfer Tech.