Newry man fined £2,000 for waste offences

Date published: 02 June 2021

Mr Kieran Downey (34) of Railway Road, Newry, was today fined £2,000 at Newry Crown Court for breaches of waste management legislation, and 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 5 June 2013 and 29 April 2016.

The waste included 5,500 tonnes of construction and demolition waste, poultry manure and mushroom compost. Mr 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 site did not have a licence, and Mr Downey was not authorised by the NIEA to deposit or keep controlled waste.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Downey pleaded guilty to two offences under Articles 4(1)(a) and 4(1)(c) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.
  2. The charges related to: the deposit, the treating, keeping, disposal and the failure to prevent the escape of controlled waste, or knowingly causing or knowingly permitting controlled waste to be treated, kept or disposed of in or on any land except under and in accordance with a waste management licence.
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