High Court rules on farm inspection case

Department failure to issue ‘complete’ EU Control Report.

Sligo News File Online

High CourtA ruling of the High Court could see the Department of Agricuture obliged to change practices with respect to farm inspections.

Central to the issue would appear to be lack of notice of inspections and the compilation of an EU required Control Report.

The matter was the subject of a case taken by a farmer in the South.

The court found that a Control Report which the department is legally bound to provide following an inspection did not contain documents essential to compliance with EU law.

Sinn Fein said, “Although farm health and safety, in terms of both the farmer and the animals is crucial, and inspections are necessary to ensure the high standards of Irish farming is maintained, the manner in which they are carried out needs to drastically improve.”