A farmer appeared in Tuam District Court in recent days, facing charges of not paying a farm worker and forcing him to live in a steel container, as reported by the Connachttribune.
Thomas Killarney was the farmer in question and it was claimed in court that he had the 47-year-old Brazilian farm worker working up to 16 hours a day over a three-month period. The farm worker alleges that the Monivea based farmer had never paid him for the three months of work and informed Gardaí in Tuam of this, Prosecuting Sergeant Daithí Cronin told the court.
Gardaí then contacted the farmer, Thomas Killarney, over the claims and he told them he was unaware that a permit was needed to employ the Brazilian national. Gardaí told the courts that they had spoken to the farm worker on numerous occasions and he told them the arrangement with Mr. Killarney was to work 16 hours per day for €60 per day.
He also told them that he was forced to live in a steel container which had no running water or a toilet. Thomas Killarney admitted to the employing the man without a permit.