A farmer from County Kerry has been ordered by the courts to clean up his farmyard, after he failed to meet a council-imposed deadline, as reported by the Kerryman.
Farmer Michael O’Sullivan from Ballynoe, Causeway, failed to meet the deadline of October 2016 given to him by the Council. He was ordered to build a slatted cubicle, which would collect any run-off from the farm and prevent pollution of local water sources.
The accused appeared at Listowel District Court on Thursday to face prosecution by Kerry Council. The courts heard how the farmer was given a six-month period to complete the construction of the cubicle.
After a complaint by a neighbour back in 2015, inspectors from the council first visited the farm. Following the visit and requests of council inspectors, the farmer had applied for planning permission to construct the building.
Recent inspections, one carried out last week, found that the farm remained in more or less the same state it had been found in during previous inspections. The courts heard that no construction had taken place as of yet on the farm.
The judge asked when the accused was going to complete the requested work, to which his representative informed the judge that his client had picked a contractor and priced the job. He also told the courts that his client had now reduced his herd down to 37 cattle.
The case has been adjourned to May 17, which will allow the council to oversee whether the works are carried out by then.