Inquiry into fire at contested landfill site

GARDAÍ are investigating a suspicious fire which broke out on Thursday evening at a landfill in Co Kildare which is the subject of multiple High Court actions to close down the facility.

The blaze broke out at a disused part of the site at Kerdiffstown located between Naas and Sallins shortly before 6pm.

Tonnes of waste caught fire leading to a cloud of thick black smoke lasting in the area for several hours, while damage was also caused to a building on the site.

It is the second fire over the past two months at the landfill site which has already been stopped from taking in new waste since earlier this year by the Environmental Protection Agency.

There is a complicated corporate structure regarding the landfill at Kerdiffstown involving three companies. Neiphin Trading operated the landfill, while Dean Waste Company Ltd provided the waste and the site was owned by Jenzsoph Ltd.

Dean Waste is better known as A1 Waste – one of the country’s largest waste firms – which is in receivership, while Neiphin is in liquidation and Jenzsoph is insolvent.

The predominant shareholder in all three companies is 58-year-old, Dublin businessman and Fianna Fáil supporter, Anthony Dean.


Bryan Stevenson is the American civil rights lawyer who provided the inspiration for the newly-released film Just Mercy. Esther McCarthy spoke to him in IrelandReal-life lawyer Bryan Stevenson on inspiring Just Mercy

So I’ve booked my holidays. And before you ask, yes, I’m basing it around food and wine. I’ll report back in July, but I thought readers might be interested in my plan should you be thinking about a similar holiday.Wines to pick up on a trip to France

Esther N McCarthy is on a roll for the new year with sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes.Wish List: Sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes

They have absolutely nothing really to do with Jerusalem or indeed with any type of artichoke, so what exactly are these curious little tubers?Currabinny Cooks: Exploring the versatility of Jerusalem artichokes

More From The Irish Examiner