COMMENTING on the recent visit by Castlecomer farmer Dan Brennan and his advisors to Brussels the former Green Party TD, Mary White, has claimed that for far to long the Department of Agriculture has fudged reaching a conclusion to the Dan Brennan case.
“I firmly believe that Dan has not got fair play and I am calling on his fellow Kilkenny man, Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment to step in and bring some clarity and closure on the nightmare that Dan Brennan has had to endure,” the Borris woman said.
“We know that high levels of the dangerous element metal cadmium were identified in chutes and gutters on the farm, in blood samples and in tissue samples taken from animals on the farm during periods when the intermittent problems occurred.
“We also know that the elevated levels have decreased when the factory closed while Teagasc has shown that an airborne source of heavy metal and halide pollution did exist and the most recent Inter Agency Report produced in August 2010, highlighted cadmium levels on the farm,” she added.
“Seven years of investigation costing millions of euro, with no plans to investigate further, is a scandal and I note that the EPA has said it carried out dispersion modelling of cadmium emissions from Ormonde Brick Ltd but given the “conservative assumptions in the model it is considered that there is no likely significant impact with cadmium emissions from Ormonde Brick Ltd. Why was the threshold set so conservatively and when the results were so high, why did no alarm bells not ring? - she asked
“Having put together the first EU Petition over nine years ago for the Brennan family; having been to Brussels on numerous occasions; having had adjournment debates in the Dáil; having tried unsuccessfully to get a meeting with the then Minister of Agriculture Brendan Smith with Dan Brennan’s advisors, I can only conclude that no one wants to uncover the truth,” she pondered.
“But taxpayers money is involved here; a family has suffered hell for over 20 years. The factory has been closed for a couple of years. Dan Brennan’s cattle are doing well now. Are those of us who know this case inside out, alone in thinking that this could be connected? I call on the new Minister Agriculture, Simon Coveney to get those files out finish the investigation and give Dan Brennan and his family the justice they so richly deserve,” she said.