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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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34-year-old fined over €2,000 for dumping poultry manure

A judge handed a fine to the tune of £2,000 (over €2,300) to a 34-year-old after he dumped over 5,000 tonnes of waste – including poultry manure and mushroom compost.

Mr Kieran Downey, Railway Road, Newry, appeared before Newry Crown Court for breaches of waste management legislation. He was ordered to pay costs of £506.40.

Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) found that the defendant had knowingly permitted controlled waste to be deposited on land which did not have a waste management licence between June 5th, 2013, and April 29th, 2016.

The waste included 5,500 tonnes of construction and demolition waste, poultry manure and mushroom compost.

Downey was also deemed to have kept controlled waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

The court heard the site did not have a licence. In addition, the NIEA did not authorise Mr Downey to deposit or keep controlled waste.

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Man sentenced for poaching with Lurcher-cross dogs

Meanwhile, a dog owner has been handed a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after being sentenced for offences, including animal poaching.

Daniel Ratchford (36) of Wellfield Road, appeared before the court on Friday, May 21st.

The order will last for five years. He is excluded from entering vast areas around West Lancashire and Sefton.

In addition, the court is prohibiting him from trespassing on any land. Also, it is preventing him from acting in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

In addition to the CBO, he was also handed a:

  • 32-week custodial sentence suspended for two years;
  • a 16-week 7pm – 6am tagged curfew;
  • 50-day Rehabilitation Order;
  • A lifetime prohibition from keeping dogs and all of his dogs were forfeited to police for rehoming.

Ratchford was previously found guilty of four poaching offences, hunting wild animals with dogs and five breaches of a dog disqualification order. You can find more here.

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