Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) successfully prosecuted Irish Water at Portlaoise District Court for the discharge of deleterious matter into the Clodiagh river last year, causing a significant fish kill.
More than 3,000 fish died over a 4km stretch of the Clodiagh, a tributary of the Tullamore River. This consisted mainly of trout, but included salmon, lamprey, minnow and stoneloach. The fish kill was as a direct result of a chemical discharge from the Irish Water plant in Clonsalee, Co Laois.
Judge Catherine Staines ordered Irish Water to pay IFI’s legal costs of €5,016 and to cover the full cost of rehabilitation works downstream of the incident area.
“This was a serious pollution incident which will take a considerable number of years for the river Clodiagh to recover,” said the IFI’s Amanda Mooney.
About the Clodiagh River:
The best of the brown trout fishing along the Clodiagh River is from Rahan to the junction of the Tullamore River; the best of the salmon fishing is in a stretch downstream of Rahan, and the salmon usually arrive in July if there is enough water to bring them up.
Methods used here and fly and spin and open season runs from 1 March until 30 September.