The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated legal proceedings against Dunbia, after the company’s plant in Slane discharged what local residents described as a red, pungent effluent into a local stream in March 2016.

Dunbia pleaded guilty to failure to ensure that emissions took place as set out in its licence. The EPA described the offence as “unauthorised emission of untreated slaughter process effluent was discharged to a surface water drain from the installation”.