Tipperary courts: Two men fined over illegal Thurles dump

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Tipperary courts: Two men fined over illegal Thurles dump

Nenagh Courthouse

Two Thurles men who were operating an illegal dump on land at Turtulla have been fined by Nenagh Court.

Michael Gerard Casey of Turtulla, Thurles and Seamus Casey, also of Turtulla, Thurles, were each convicted at an earlier court under the Waste Management Act 1996.

Michael Gerard Casey was summonsed with failing to arrange the removal of items from the site at Turtulla, including tyres, mixed municipal waste, wood, end of life cars, oils, greases, gas containers, metal packaging, scrap metal and plastic.

He was also summonsed with failing to ensure the material was collected by a licensed permit holder, and that he had failed to provide written documentation to the environment section at Tipperary County Council for a suitably authorised waste collector permit confirming the waste's removal.

He had also failed to cease all unauthorised waste activity at the site and failed to ensure that the waste be moved withing 28 days of council notification.

Seamus Casey was summonsed with failing to ensure the waste was collected by an authorised permit holder, failure to remove the waste, failure to provide the council with dockets showing the removal of the waste and failure to ensure the waste was removed and failure to cease activity at the site.

The summonses against both men related to a case going back to December 18, 2015.

The court heard that it had cost Tipperary County Council €26,615 to clean up the site and that €20,000 of that cost had been paid by the defendants.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin ordered that the balance be paid to Tipperary County Council and that costs of €5,000 also be paid to the council.

She fined Seamus Casey €1,000 on each of the summonses he faced.

Judge Ni Chonduin fined Michael Gerard Casey €1,600 on each summons, saying he was the “more culpable and was directing operations”.

The court was told that Michael Gerard Casey had three previous convictions under the Waste Management Act 1996.

She directed that all fines be paid to Tipperary County Council