Claim against Greyhound over illegal dump on farmland dismissed
A man and his mother have lost a High Court damages action against Greyhound Recycling and Recovery over the illegal dumping of waste from the company's premises on their farmland.
Colm Hanrahan and Geraldine Hanrahan claimed that between 960 and 1,840 tonnes of material, including household waste, was dumped in a 0.4 hectrare old quarry area of the family farm at Graigueadrisly, Rathdowney, Co Laois, between March and April 2011.
The quarry was located in an outer farmyard area, about 1.2km from the Hanrahan home.
The Hanrahans also sought orders that Greyhound remove the waste and remediate the lands.
They had claimed Greyhound's actions amounted to trespass, negligence, breach of duty, nuisance and interference with Mr Hanrahan's economic relations with his own employer.
Mr Hanrahan had been working with a company in Thurles and is now self employed with his own automatic milking machine dealership. He claimed as a result of adverse publicity about these events, on the internet and elsewhere, his competitors have been using that publicity against him.
His lawyers have made an application to Google under "right to be forgotten" guidelines which allow for the removal of material on the internet. He also said his mother has been terribly affected by the proceedings.
Greyhound denied any material from its Cragh Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, facility was transported and dumped on the Hanrahan lands or that it authorised such dumping. It did not know about the dumping until informed by Laois Co Council in April 2011, it said.