Sunday, 1 February 2009

Ben Dunne objects as hearses pose threat to business at his health club

Former supermarket chief Ben Dunne is appealing a decision to give planning permission for a €15m nursing home close to his Northwood health and fitness centre in Santry, citing a lack of room for hearses to remove deceased residents.

As well as contacting An Bord Pleanála, Dunne has also written to HSE chief executive Brendan Drumm challenging the organisation's support for the home, which is being developed by Irish nursing-home chain TLC Centre Limited. Dunne claims the HSE backed the development without examining the application in detail.

In his original objection to Fingal County Council, Dunne argued that the development's lack of accommodation for hearses was "a unique but significant oversight".

"[The plan] fails to provide the adequate point for a hearse to remove the corpse of a deceased resident in a respectful manner," he said. "Obviously, it would be wholly inappropriate to do so through the main entrance and foyer of the development, causing undue stress to employees and fellow residents alike."

The proposed nursing home, if built, will have accommodation for 100 people and will be built next to TLC's existing facility in Santry.

Sunday Tribune

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