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Tuesday 21 August 2018

'Inspectors seem to come when there's any bit of manure on the ground'

Judge tells farmer that he must protect river from manure run-off

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A farmer in Ballybunion has been warned that he must protect a river near his farm from manure run-off.

The Kerryman reports that John Quilter, Gortnagurrane, Ballybunion, was prosecuted by Kerry County Council before Judge James O'Connor at Listowel District Court on Thursday.

Kerry County Council inspectors said that exposed manure near an 'unlined' lagoon on his land - witnessed during a number of site visits - posed a threat to local waterways; in particular The Cashen into which the run-off ultimately arrives.

Mr Quilter was prosecuted under the provisions of the European Union (Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Waters) Act.

Council officers inspected the farm - where up to 15 horses are habitually kept - on February 2 of last year; November 2 of last year and, most recently, on October 3 of this year - presenting photographs to the Judge.

Mr Quilter said he used the services of a contractor to clear the manure at regular intervals.

"But they (inspectors) seem to come when there's any bit of manure on the ground...it's only ever there for two or three days," he said.

The Council require that he ensures no further seepage of soiled water from his land and have now been directed by Judge O'Connor to write to Mr Quilter telling him, within reasonable cost, exactly what is required to remedy the situation.

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