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Saturday 23 February 2019

County Council takes farmer to court over yard

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Limerick City and County Council has taken a farmer to court over his yard.

Sean Gleeson, of Seefin House, Glenosheen, Ardpatrick, appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary in Kilmallock Court on a water pollution offence.

Will Leahy, solicitor for Limerick City and County Council, said it was a farmyard maintenance issue following an inspection on February 23, 2017.

“He was holding cattle on a yard. He didn’t have facilities. He is now farming the cattle off the yard and there is no issue,” said Mr Leahy.

The Council’s solicitor said Mr Gleeson had been very co-operative.

“He has given an undertaking not to keep cattle on the yard and to make a contribution towards the Council’s costs,” said Mr Leahy, who asked Mr Gleeson to give the same undertaking to the court.

Mr Gleeson, who wasn’t represented by a solicitor, took the stand.

Mr Leahy asked: “You are not going to keep cattle on the yard?” “No,” said Mr Gleeson.

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“If an inspector calls and find cattle on the yard you will to have to answer to the court,” said Mr Leahy.

The court heard that the sum of money agreed for Mr Gleeson to make a contribution to the council’s costs was €1,500.

The case was adjourned until July.

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