The Donegal waste company operator behind the illegal dumping of thousands of tonnes of waste ran two cash accounts and had greater involvements in a pub and horses than he admitted to, the High Court has been told.
Jim Ferry, of Donegal firms Ferry’s Refuse Collection and Ferry’s Refuse Recycling, is facing possible jail for contempt of court over his alleged failure to co-operate with an investigation of his finances to establish where more than €3m he allegedly got from illegal disposing of waste went.
He claims he never made that kind of money and he undercharged customers to collect their waste.
The Irish Times reports that Mr Justice Max Barrett adjourned Donegal County Council’s application to jail him for breach of previous orders that he divulge all his finances.
The judge said he would give a forensic accountant employed by Mr Ferry an opportunity to examine the same documents examined by the county council’s expert who found he had not fully cooperated.
The case has been before the court on 14 occasions since Donegal County Council moved against him in 2017 over what was described as the “unmitigated environmental disaster” of waste dumped on 11 acres he owns at Rossbracken, Letterkenny, a Special Area of Conservation on the shore of Lough Swilly.