Kerry pig farming company convicted for pollution

Inland Fisheries IrelandA Kerry pig farming company has been convicted and fined for polluting a stream. The incident happened at the premises of Michael McAuliffe Ltd at Fahaduff, Castleisland, however the company says it was an accidental leak, and didn’t result in a fish kill. A recent sitting of Tralee District Court heard pollution of a River Maine tributary stream was noted by Inland Fisheries Ireland staff on the 10th of June 2015. Extensive sewage fungus growth and water discolouration were observed in over two kilometres of channel length, downstream of a contaminated surface drain, discharging from the defendant’s farm premises. Michael McAuliffe Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges, a breach of Section 3(2) of the Local Government (Water Pollution) Act 1977, and Section 171(1) of the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959. Judge James O’Connor found the defendant company guilty of both charges, imposed a fine of €500, and ordered that they pay Inland Fisheries Ireland’s cost and expenses of €2,600. Company owner Michael McAuliffe says it was an accidental spill of a food product from a tanker; it wasn’t waste, and it didn’t result in a fish kill.