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Department officials continue milk quota inquiry in Tipperary

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An aerial view of Clongowes Wood College.

An aerial view of Clongowes Wood College.

An aerial view of Clongowes Wood College.

The Department of Agriculture investigation is continuing into milk quota irregularities involving a well-known Tipperary-based Glanbia supplier. However, the Department is still refusing to release details of the probe.

Despite sending in their Special Investigation Unit (SIU) officials to examine records and talk to officials in Glanbia headquarters last January, no further details about the case have been released.

However, a number of weeks ago a spokesman for the 400ac Clongowes Wood College farm confirmed that it had been drawn into the investigation.

When contacted by the Farming Independent this week the Department would only confirm that the investigation was ongoing. No explanation for the duration of the investigation has been forthcoming or what action may result from the inquiry.

Glanbia has also been reticent about commenting on the investigation, apart from confirming that the dairy processor had co-operated fully with the Department on the matter.

Thousands of dairy farmers are facing superlevy fines this year that could run to €20m after the country finished the 2013-14 milk supply year well over quota.

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