£26,500 in fines handed down for dumping illegal waste

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A father and son and two haulage companies were today fined a total of £26,500 at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court for the unauthorised infilling of around 39,000t of waste at a site in Portadown.

Landowner Fergal McNally (63) of Derrykeeran Road, Portadown was fined £6,000 for unlawful disposal and keeping of waste at land on Derrykeeran Road in the town.

His son Michael McNally (38), of Derryneskan Road Portadown was fined £3,000 for keeping waste. Both men had each pleaded guilty to the waste offences on May 2, 2017.

Hauliers Brendan Loughran & Sons Limited of Termon Road, Carrickmore and Colin Donnelly t/a Donnelly Transport of Ballyscandal Road, Armagh were found guilty of unlawfully depositing waste on the site and were fined £15,000 and £2,500 respectively (with an associated £15 offenders’ levy each).

On November 19, 2014, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) carried out a site inspection on lands at Derrykeeran Road, where they found an area of infill containing waste in the form of clay, soil and stone. While on site, a tipper lorry, which was later identified as being owned and operated by Brendan Loughran & Sons Limited, arrived and was observed depositing clay and soil waste.

On March 7, 2016, NIEA officers identified tipper lorries, owned and operated by Colin Donnelly t/a Donnelly Transport, depositing waste clay, soil, stone and reinforced concrete on site.

NIEA officers calculated that over 39,000t of waste had been deposited on this site, the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said.

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