Waste company in court over alleged dumping beside farmlands.


Waste recycling company, Greyhound, appeared in court after a local farmer sued the company for the supposed illegal dumping beside his farmyard.

Waste company in court over alleged dumping beside farmlands.

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Waste recycling company, Greyhound, appeared in court after a local farmer sued the company for the supposed illegal dumping beside his farmyard.

The farmer, Colm Hanrahan brought the case to the courts last month following the supposed dumping by the company in 2011.

Mr. Hanrahan subsequently lost the case, and the judge ruled that both Mr. Hanrahan and Greyhound Recycling and Recovery to pay the costs of the High court case.

It was alleged by the Hanrahan family that up to 1,800 tonnes of waste materials had been dumped on a quarry area beside a farmyard, over 1 kilometres from their home.

The Hanrahans made the claims of trespass, breach of duty, negligence, and interference against the company. Although all charges were denied by the Greyhound Waste and recycling company.

The company denied it had authorised said dumping and also denied that any materials were dumped onto the lands of the Hanrahans.

The courts heard evidence from Colm Hanrahan himself, along with three lorry drivers working for Greyhound, backing up his claims of the illegal dumping.

The court refused an application by Greyhound to dismiss the case and also found that the Hanrahan’s were not entitled to any reliefs sought. This was due to his prior knowledge of said dumping, and lact of action.

The presiding Judge Mr. Justice Keane said that on the basis of all the evidence, it was clear of the Hanrahan’s knowledge of the illegal dumping as there were numerous tractor loads seen travelling through his lands to the quarry.

He found Greyhound guilty of being the producer of the waste and were the cause of its illegal dumping on Mr. Hanrahan’s lands.

Both defendants and Plaintiff were ordered to pay their own costs.

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