All farmers in the catchment area of the River Douglas, Co Laois, have been inspected in recent weeks, or are to be inspected in the near future, due to concerns over the water quality of the watercourse.

The river, which runs near the Carlow and Kildare borders, has been identified as ‘at risk’ by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to Laois County Council senior executive engineer Rory O’Callaghan.