Judge decides costs in case over 1,800 tonnes of waste dumped on farmland
A WASTE recycling company and a man who sued it for illegal dumping action will both have to pay the costs of the High Court case, a judge ruled.
Colm Hanrahan last month lost his action against Greyhound Recycling and Recovery over the illegal dumping of waste from the company on the Hanrahan farmlands in Rathdowney, Co Laois.
Mr Hanrahan and his late mother, Geraldine Hanrahan, had claimed that between 960 and 1,840 tonnes of material, including household waste, was dumped in a 0.4 hectrare old quarry area at Graigueadrisly between March and April 2011. The quarry is located in an outer farmyard area, about 1.2km from the Hanrahan family 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.
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.
Greyhound also contended the Hanrahans were not entitled to the reliefs sought in circumstances where the High Court previously found Mr Hanrahan in contempt for failing to comply with an order to remedy the effects of the dumping.
The Hanrahans were precluded from obtaining any relief because they did not come to court with "clean hands", the company asserted.