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Kerry County Council must pay €5,000 to the court poor box for breaches of its licence for the North Kerry Landfill.
The Environmental Protection Agency brought the case against the council following an inspection at the site at Muingnaminane on the 22nd of July 2015.

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The landfill stopped accepting waste in 2014, but has over 888,000 tonnes of waste deposited in it, and is subject to a 30-year aftercare plan.
This case came before Tralee District Court and heard that seven charges were being brought against Kerry County Council for breaches mainly concerning landfill gas and leachate, which is the liquid that drains or leaches from a landfill.
They related mainly to the council not notifying the EPA about incidents within a prescribed timeframe and issues regarding record keeping.
The court heard there was never a risk of pollution from the breaches, which Judge James O’Connor describes as mainly technical issues.
An EPA inspector told the court he visited the site last week (December 15th) and all issues have been addressed.
The council’s solicitor Noreen O’Connor asked the judge not to impose a large fine, as the local authority has already spent €764,000 this year on the landfill.
The court heard the council has agreed to pay €5,000 of the EPA’s legal fees.
Judge O’Connor said the council was more educated as a result of the case; he applied the Probation Act, and ordered Kerry County Council to pay €5,000 to the court poor box.