Leitrim County Council are investigating the dumping of raw meat and offal at the ESB Weir at Mahanagh, Ballintra, Drumshanbo last week.
A local resident walking her dog discovered the meat carcasses hanging off the sluice gate bridge last Wednesday, October 23. She observed “It looks like a mass of carcasses, dumped into the river, and some getting left behind on the ledge.”
On hearing the complaint, council officials inspected the site that evening. They found a quantity of Animal By-Product (ABP) of lamb and beef origin (pictured) on the concrete pad of the bridge.
The relevant agencies, including An Garda Siochana, were informed. On October 24 “a decision was made, following careful consideration, in the interests of Health & Safety and on the basis that the quantity of material involved would not pose a risk to water quality in view of the volume of receiving waters, to flush the material off the concrete pad into the river using a high pressure hose,” the council stated.
The council said “This was a highly irresponsible and totally unacceptable incident of illegal dumping.”
The council would obviously welcome any information from the public in relation to this incident, they also ask for the public to be vigilant and to report any illegal dumping.
The council’s Veterinary Service will undertake a review of Animal By-Product compliance at slaughterhouses in the region and will seek increased vigilance into illegal slaughter and associated activity locally.