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Badgering the Board Pat Kenny continues fight against Dalkey nursing home plans claiming badgers will be killed

Kenny said that the "straightforward commercially driven enterprise cannot justify killing the badgers of Bulloch Harbour" in Dalkey, south Co Dublin.

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Pat Kenny and over 30 other Dalkey households opposed the development. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Pat Kenny and over 30 other Dalkey households opposed the development. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Pat Kenny and over 30 other Dalkey households opposed the development. Photo: Steve Humphreys

THE fate of a family of badgers is part of broadcaster Pat Kenny's latest battle to stop the building of a 104-bedroom nursing home beside his family home in south Dublin.

Kenny said that the "straightforward commercially driven enterprise cannot justify killing the badgers of Bulloch Harbour" in Dalkey, south Co Dublin.

Earlier this year, Kenny, his wife Kathy Kenny and more than 30 other locals were successful in opposing an application by Bartra Capital to build a nursing home.

Bartra appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanála but within days withdrew the appeal and lodged a new application, which is before the council.

The new application identifies an underground badger sett, or habitat, complex at the site, and proposes mitigation measures to save the animals.

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Badger (stock) (Ben Birchall/PA)

Badger (stock) (Ben Birchall/PA)

Badger (stock) (Ben Birchall/PA)

But in their objection to the new plan, the Kennys disagree with the conclusions of the application's badger conservation plan and instead claim that "what is proposed by the applicants as mitigation (of the badger sett) will result in extermination."

They point out that badgers are a protected species and claim that the excavation for the nursing home at the southern end of the site would destroy the sett "and, with it, the badger family".

The Kennys state that any destruction of the badger sett would be "cruel and unconscionable".

They also say that, if permitted, the proposed nursing home would have a detrimental effect on their home "and other residential properties in the area".

In documents lodged on behalf of Bartra by Thornton O'Connor Town Planning, Patricia Thornton states there is no development in the southern portion of the site and this significantly reduces the impact on the surrounding dwellings at the southern end of the site.

She also says the nursing home plan has been sensitively designed to minimise the potential impact on the residential amenity of surrounding properties.

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