A COMPANY closely associated with a convicted illegal dumper has applied for a new waste collection licence, it has emerged.
Last month, the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) confirmed it refused to review a licence belonging to Jim Ferry (56), who runs Ferry’s Refuse Ltd which is based at Rossbracken, Manorcunningham.
Ferry has appealed the decision and the case is due to be heard at next month’s sitting of Tullamore District Court – the NWCPO is based in County Offaly. If the appeal is unsuccessful, he could lose his licence.
However, the Donegal News has learned that another company, Ferry’s Refuse Recycling Ltd, also with an address at Rossbracken, applied for a new waste collection licence on August 1.
The new licence application will be available for public inspection at the offices of Donegal County Council within the next two weeks.
The application will take up to two months to process, during which time members of the public will be invited to make submissions.
According to papers lodged with the Companies Registration Office (CRO), Ferry was a director of the second company up until last month, when he was replaced by Ms Carol Elliott (51).
The other director is Louise Ferry (24) and all three give an address at 40 Slieve Sneacht Road, Letterkenny.
The company was set up in November 30, 2011, five months after Ferry’s lorries were filmed illegally dumping hundreds of tonnes of waste on lands he owned in front of his mother’s house at Derryreel, near Falcarragh.
Following last October’s bizarre hearing at Letterkenny District Court, Ferry was convicted and fined €12,000 and was also ordered to pay Donegal County Council a total of €30,750 in costs.
He was found guilty by Judge Paul Kelly after a dramatic and eventful three-day hearing which made local and national headlines.
The case followed an extensive undercover investigation into Ferry’s illegal dumping activities.
The court heard that the father of six had a number of previous convictions for illegal dumping.
See Monday’s print edition of the Donegal News for full report.