Quarry owners in the county are seeking legal advice on the levy increase of 15 cent per cubic metre. The Irish Concrete Federation is warning of job losses as a result of the new rate which was set earlier this week. However, operators using less than 10,000 tones will be exempt. Quarry owners had lobbied for a rate of just 3 cent, while Council Officials wanted 30 cent. John Maguire is Chief Executive of the Irish Concrete Federation.