26 October 2016
By Elaine Murphy
Inland Fisheries Ireland has prosecuted cement company Keohane Readymix Limited in respect of a discharge to the waters of the Argideen River at Fourcuil, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. At a sitting of Clonakilty District Court on Tuesday, 18th of October, Keohane Readymix Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of Sections 171(1) and 173(1)(c) of the Fisheries (Consolidation) Act 1959. The company were ordered to pay over €10,000 by Judge James McNulty.
The court heard how a breach in a settlement pond at a sand and gravel washing site on the 9th of March caused a significant overflow of waste water carrying suspended solids into the Argideen River. Inland Fisheries Ireland’s officers investigated the incident and identified the source of the pollution.
Judge McNulty imposed a fine of €2,500 in respect of Count 1 to Keohane Readymix Limited and awarded costs and legal expenses of €2,598 to Inland Fisheries Ireland. In relation to the charge under Section 173(1)(c), the defendant agreed to Judge Mc Nulty’s suggestion of a €5,000 contribution to the Court Charity Fund.
Sean Long, Director of the South West River Basin District at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We would urge landowners and businesses to remain vigilant and to employ robust management systems to prevent avoidable incidents which can have a serious impact on our wild fish and their natural habitat. Inland Fisheries Ireland is working to protect, conserve and develop our natural fisheries resource which is of significant recreational and economic value to communities in Cork and across the country.”
Inland Fisheries Ireland has a confidential hotline number to enable members of the public to report incidents 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24. This phone line is designed to encourage the reporting of incidents of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species.