A chemist from Crossmolina Co. Mayo was in the courts on Tuesday on charges of oversupplying a farm in Galway.
Quinn’s chemist from Crossmolina, and Daragh Quinn of the business, appeared in court over 34 alleged breaches of regulations by the Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Quinn admitted to all 34 of these charges in Castlebar District court.
The court heard how Mr. Quinn had been oversupplying a Galway farm, run by Mr. Richard Bourns, with antibiotic.
Mr. Bourns runs one of Connacht’s largest farms in Eyrecourt co. Galway. He has up to 1,000 cattle in total, along with almost 2,500 sheep.
The court was told of the farm being inspected back in late 2015 by Veterinary inspector Louis Riordan. He said upon inspection large quantities of antibiotics were found, suggesting the gross over-supplying.
Upon investigation, it was found that the antibiotics originated from Quinn’s Chemist in Crossmolina. Files belonging to Mr. Daragh Quinn were subsequently checked and it was confirmed that he had breached numerous department regulations.
One example relayed in court by Riordan, was a time when Mr. Bourns received almost 30 bottles of an antibiotic despite having a prescription for 6 units.
Mr. Quinn admitted all charges against him. These charges included the false endorsement of a prescription and the supply of animal medications without a valid prescription.
The farmer in question did not receive any charges against him.
Closing submissions will take place in Ballina District court on September 12th.