Extensive dumping in Laois by big waste company exposed in investigation

RTÉ Investigates reveals

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



Dumping of thousands of tonnes of rubbish along the River Barrow in Laois in a special area of conservation (SAC) has featured in shocking RTÉ Investigates programme on illegal dumping in Ireland.

The programme reported on Oxygen Environmental's owner Sean Doyle use of waste to build a road through his land in Laois. He had no licence to dispose of the land in such a way.

RTÉ revealed that when prosecuted it emerged that much of that 34,000 tonnes of waste from the company's Ballymount facility in Dublin, that was due to go to Co Louth to licenced land owned by Mr Doyle, ended up in Laois.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service found that the dump had been the biggest illegal dump of its kind discovered in a SAC.

Measurement of waste levels showed that it was higher than what would be found in a hazardous waste dump. 

Laois County Council was involved in the investigation and brought Oxygen to court.

The land has since been restored at a cost of €800,000. Oxygen was convicted but fined €2,500 in court.