Tipperary MEP intervenes in Kilkenny dispute



A Tipperary MEP has proposed a solution to the long running dispute between a Kilkenny farmer and the owners of Ormonde Brick.

The almost 20 year dispute centres on claim that cattle have been poisoned as a result of toxic fumes

For 19 years, Castlecomer farmer Dan Brennan, says his cattle have suffered from stunted growth, weight loss and poor milk yield, as a result of what he says is the release of the toxic agent, Cadmium, from the Ormonde Bricks facility close by.

The company strenuously deny this claim.

An EPA report found no fault with the company, although critics say the Agency failed to check for any cadmium levels.

Labour MEP Phil Prendergast has asked that all evidence collected so far, be submitted to the EU's Joint Research Centre, who will carry out an independent evaluation.

She also said there was a need for an open and transparent investigation into the claims.

There has been criticism at European level that the relevant authorities here failed to get to the bottom of the controversy.