Carroll steps down from Glanbia board

Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris
Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris
Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

Plans are already underway to elect a replacement for Tipperary's Bill Carroll on the Glanbia Board, following the farmer's resignation last week.

The large pig and dairy farmer maintains that he was an entirely innocent party in the events that led to a major investigation by the Department of Agriculture into the alleged supply of milk through the Clongowes College herd number.

He resigned last Friday over one year after the issue first emerged.

"[The media] have had their day out on me, and I just want to get on with my private life now," he said, speaking to the Farming Independent.

The Glanbia supplier confirmed that he is still involved with the Clongowes Wood farm.

"We're milking cows there now," he said, but he declined to be drawn on further details.

A spokesman for Glanbia said that Mr Carroll's seat on the board of the dairy giant, which comes with directors' fees of €35,000 per year, would be filled as soon as possible.

"The relevant regional committee (South Tipperary) will meet in the coming weeks to consider a proposed appointment to be presented for the council's approval," said a spokesman for the Kilkenny based dairy giant.

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"The next council meeting is scheduled for early December and the current plan is that the council will deal with this matter at that meeting.

"All appointments to the board require the approval of the council of the society."

Both the company and Mr Carroll declined to comment on the exact reason for last week's resignation.

Sinn Fein TD, Martin Ferris claimed in the Dail that 500,000 litres of milk had been illegally supplied.

Following consultation with the Sate Solicitor, the Department of Agriculture decided not to pursue the matter.

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