Council, waste management firm fined €1m over landfill


Fines amounting to more than €1 million have been imposed on a leading waste management company and Cavan County Council after both were found to be in breach of waste licences at a controversial landfill in Cavan town over several years.

Oxigen Environmental and the council were prosecuted for breaching the conditions of Environmental Protection Agency waste licences for two years, from February 14th, 2007.

Both pleaded guilty to charges connected to their failure to ensure odours did not give rise to a nuisance at the Corranure landfill on the Cootehill Road.

The dump has been at the centre of controversy for several years with local residents citing fumes and bad smells emanating from the site.

There were 30 counts on the indictment, with the council and the company both pleading guilty to sample counts.

The council was fined €260,000 and Oxigen €780,000.

Judge John O’Hagan said: “The council have made significant improvements to the site and also significant investment has been made.”