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LIMERICK FARMERS SUPPORT PROPOSAL FOR LOCAL ABATTOIR

In a meeting held on Saturday, the Limerick and Clare Farmers’ Association discussed the establishment of a dressed meat trade for the district, emphasizing the need for local solutions to counteract the effects of foot and mouth disease looming over the country.

Mr J. Browne, J.P., shared details from a recent meeting in Dublin where the matter was considered. He highlighted the urgency of establishing such an industry in Ireland to ensure independence from the repercussions of the disease. The promoters had reached an agreement with Smithfield in London, with the assurance of processing a thousand carcasses weekly. This move aimed to provide better prices for farmers than what could be obtained for live stock.

Dublin, in response to its own needs, was initiating its abattoir. However, it was made clear during the meeting that Dublin alone could not manage the dressed meat trade for the entirety of Ireland. The chairman stressed the necessity of having four or five abattoirs in different regions of Ireland. This revelation suggested that Limerick could have its own abattoir and actively participate in the broader scheme.

The establishment of a local abattoir would not only make Limerick self-sufficient but also offer the region better transit facilities and competitive prices for cattle compared to Dublin suppliers. Members of the County Limerick and Clare Farmers’ Association unanimously adopted a resolution in favour of the scheme. The resolution expressed approval for the Irish Abattoirs, Limited, and a commitment to assist in making the initiative a success by securing shareholders and suppliers.

Dublin Daily Express – Monday 23 June 1913

IMAGE: THOMAS SPRING RICE MEMORIAL, PEOPLES PARK, LIMERICK, ERECTED 1829.
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