A farmer from Co. Kerry appeared in Listowel District court last Thursday and was issued a fine for failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the county council, over pollution of a water source from his farm, as reported in the Kerryman.
Mr. Noel Keane, who farms near Coolnanoonagh, Tarbert in County Kerry, received a fine of €750 for the offences. The enforcement notice was originally issued by the county council in December 2016. An earlier court hearing heard from the solicitor for the Council Council, Ger McSwiney, who said that the area where Mr. Keane farms was found to be “heavily polluted”, due to the farming operations carried out by the farmer.
The courts heard from solicitor James Morris, who was representing Kerry County Council, that to date the council had yet to receive any plan from Mr. Keane, highlighting how he would tackle the pollution.
Solicitor for the farmer, Mr. Pa Daly, noted that Mr. Keane had undertaken some steps, such as reducing stock and paying a consultant to come up with a plan for cleaning up the farm, in a bid to comply with the notice. The courts heard from Mr. Daly that this has resulted in the farm becoming a lot more organised.
Mr. Pa Daly also explained to the courts, that the problems originally arose from pollutants gaining access to a nearby local water source, unknown to Mr. Keane. The courts heard that the farmer had up to 150 cattle at the time the notice was issued and called on the help of neighbours to help him clean it up.
He was handed a fine of €750 for failing to comply with the original enforcement notice.