24 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“What doesn’t kill you makes you tougher.” 
So said Clones meat trader Martin McAdam as he reflected back on the events of last year which saw him placed at the centre of the horse meat scandal in February.

The Irish beef industry was in turmoil following revelations that horse meat had been found in burgers being sold in various retail outlets.

Proving his resilience almost a year on Mr McAdam has started up a new meat business and plans to announce the creation of up to 10 jobs in March or April.

His new business which he began three months ago involves buying cattle from farmers and marts, slaughtering them in Cavan and having them deboned in Dublin to sell them to butcher shops and restaurants.
Mr McAdam is planning to open his own facility in Clones Enterprise Centre in March to do this work.

“I am hoping to be up and running by March or April and am talking between five, possibly 10 jobs by the end of the year.” 

Speaking about the events of last year Mr McAdam described what happened as “almost a knock-out blow” that saw him losing 80 percent of his turnover.

“My livelihood was completely threatened, I have four young kids and a wife to support. I had no money even …

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