'It's the smell of progress' - Slurry spreading sparks massive Liveline debate
The spreading of slurry in the countryside should be more closely regulated, radio talk-show callers argued.
In a discussion broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline on Friday afternoon a number of callers to the show revealed how their daily lives had been made difficult by the agricultural activity.
Trisha, the woman who first raised the issue, told the show’s presenter Philip Boucher-Hayes: “Yesterday evening I did have a smell. It’s very bad.”
She said waste was being spread in the fields near her home on a regular basis and was being left for a full 24 hours above ground, causing the strong smell.
Trisha explained that the slurry is spread directly on to the soil and farmers return after a day or so to plough the waste into the ground, which also removes the odour.
She said: “It’s been happening there for the past four years… I’m kind of used to it.”
However she said her husband and others who don’t spend the entire day in the house are shocked by the strength of the smell whenever they come to her home.
Trisha explained she had contacted her local county council and the Environmental Protection Agency about the issue but was simply told there were guidelines in place for the disposal of waste.