David Greenwood, who operates Greenwood Skip Hire, denied there was an illegal dump on land in Glanmire on the outskirts of Cork city where his mother still lives.
He denied that building rubble or domestic rubbish has been dumped on the site, or that rubbish has been burned on the land.
“I don’t mind them [council officials] coming on to the land,” Mr Greenwood said last night.
“There is nothing unusual going on here. I don’t want a bad name.”
The exact ownership of the land was unclear last night. It is understood that Mr Greenwood’s father died two years ago and that legal proceedings pertaining to the land are under way.
However, his mother still lives in a house close to the area where council officials were focusing most of their attention yesterday.
Mr Greenwood said steep banks on the land were unsafe and that his mother had expressed concerns about their integrity.
He said the material which was being brought on to the site was “mainly topsoil” that was used to build up the giant banks. The topsoil was brought in to face off the banks and make them safe, he said.
He said he also hopes to bring in rubble soon to strengthen them.
Mr Greenwood said he was aware of reports of burning in the area but said the fires had been set in other areas.