Thursday 18 July 2019

September trial for Irish Water over pollution incident in Tolka River

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Tom Tuite

Irish Water will face trial in September after harmful material was allowed to pollute the Tolka River in Dublin and linked to a fish kill last year.

The company is being prosecuted by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). The case had its fourth listing at Dublin District Court on Monday for a plea to be indicated, or to have a hearing date set if the charge was contested.

It was alleged that on September 18, 2018, the company caused deleterious matter to go into the water of the Tolka near Littlepace, in the townland of Huntstown, Co Dublin.

The offence is contrary to the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act as amended by the Local Government (Water Pollution), Water Services and Inland Fisheries acts.

Indicating that his client pleaded not guilty, defence counsel Eoghan Cole told Judge Anthony Halpin that a hearing date was required and that the case would last half a day.

Judge Halpin ordered that the trial would be heard on September 12 next.

Mr Cole said that the defence has been in receipt of disclosure of prosecution evidence.

IFI is the State agency responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland's inland fisheries and its sea angling resources.

It was formed on July 1, 2010, following the amalgamation of the Central Fisheries Board and the seven regional fisheries boards into a single agency.

Irish Independent

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