first_imgA JUDGE told a Donegal businessman he is not a fit person to hold a waste collection permit.Jim FerryFerry Refuse Collection Ltd was appealing against the refusal last year by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) to granthim a licence. Tullamore District Court was told yesterday that Jim Ferry, managing director of the company, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, had previously been convicted of breaches of the waste management regulations.In addition to being fined, he twice received six-month suspended sentences and is currently paying €800 a week to Donegal CountyCouncil to discharge the financial penalties.He also previously paid €15,000 costs to Offaly County Council,operator of the NWCPO, and must pay another €5,000 in costs arisingfrom the latest court hearing.Judge Catherine Staines was told the first conviction in 2005 relatedto the burial of at least one lorryload of household waste on anunauthorised site owned by Mr Ferry.In 2013, after Donegal County Council had gathered video evidence ofillegal dumping at Doire Ui Frill, Falcarragh, in 2010, he wasconvicted again.Tullamore District Court was told that 213 tonnes of mixed municipalwaste was removed from the unauthorised site at Mr Ferry’s mother’shouse.Michael McGarvey, senior engineer with the County Council, said anotice requiring the removal of the waste which was issued in October,2010 was not complied with until November, 2014.Mr Ferry told the court that he did not have the money at the time tocomply with the notice and when he did it cost him €50,000 in landfilllevies.He said he would not commit a similar offence again, had paid for aconsultant’s report on his business and was going to undertake acourse of training in England at a cost of £5,000 sterling.Referring to the first offence, Judge Staines said Mr Ferry had made acommercial decision to dump waste and avoid paying landfill charges.That had given him a commercial advantage in “flagrant breach” of thewaste management regulations.‘These regulations are so important in maintaining the integrity ofour beautiful country but also to protect the health of our citizens,’said the judge.Despite being convicted and being given a suspended sentence, he wenton to commit another offence.‘This is a deliberate and conscious decision made for financialreasons, fully aware that he was breaching the waste management law,’said Judge Staines.She noted that Leo Duffy, manager of the NWCPO, had given evidencethat Mr Ferry’s case was the first waste permit refusal of its kindand she said the Donegal man had only removed the waste which wasdumped in 2010 after his permit was refused in September, 2014.The court was also told that Mr Ferry’s company had 50 employees andserviced 10,000 customers.Judge Staines said she had heard evidence that his daughter had beengranted a waste permit licence.Ferry’s Refuse Collection Recycling Ltd, also based at Rossbracken,was granted a permit last December.“I hope, though it’s not a matter for the court, that his employeeswill find employment with her company,”  she said.She added that perhaps Mr Ferry’s daughter could service the 10,000customers but she hoped she had learned lessons from the mistakes madeby her father.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN TOLD HE IS NOT FIT TO HOLD A WASTE COLLECTION PERMIT was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldumpingFalcarraghFerry’s Refuse Collectionjim ferrymanorcunninghamrubbishvideolast_img

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