Donegal waste collector Jim Ferry has been jailed for contempt of court.
The businessman was sentenced to nine weeks’ imprisonment following an appearance in the High Court on Wednesday.
The Irish Times reports that Mr Ferry was jailed for failing to comply with court orders granted to Donegal County Council in their case against him over illegal dumping.
Mr Ferry, of Ferry’s Refuse Collection Limited and Ferry’s Refuse Recycling, has admitted to dumping tens of thousands of tons of waste at Rossbracken outside Letterkenny. Donegal County Council is seeking to recover a multi-million euro figure from Mr Ferry to clear up the illegal waste from the site. Mr Ferry has previously told the High Court he is broke and unemployed.
Donegal County Council has employed a forensic accountant to analyse where the money from Mr Ferry’s businesses has gone, but he has failed to comply with the investigation.