Mill owner to pay €767 after water level drop led to death of two fish

first_imgAn Inishowen man has been ordered to pay almost €800 in prosecution costs after he was taken to court over the death of two fish in Donagh River last year.Liam O’Connor, 65, of Milltown, Carndonagh, admitted taking water from the Donagh River in July last year, an action that resulted in the death of two fish, when he appeared before Carndonagh District Court. Prosecuting solicitor for Inland Fisheries Ireland, Liza Finnegan said the fishery officers received a report of dead fish in the Donagh River in Carn.She said an investigation followed and fishery officer Peter Kelly went to the river and spoke with Liam O’Connor, who owns the Old Mill and the Mill Pond, which is beside his home.Ms. Finnegan said Mr. O’Connor was carrying out maintenance on the river, which was below the water level.“He was asked to reinstate the water and give the flow back to the river as there were two trout found dead due to the low water level,” Ms. Finnegan explained.“He was reluctant to adjust the water flow but Fishery Officer Kelly explained about the importance of doing this to keep the river at a good level for the fish stock.”Ms. Finnegan said when the Fishery Officer said went back to patrol the Donagh River on July 18, he spoke with Mr. O’Connor again when he was looking at the Mill Pond.“He said he had a right, and his family always had the right, to draw water from the river to power the Old Mill,” Ms. Finnegan said.“But there was a substantial amount of water taken from the river on this occasion.”Defence solicitor for Mr. O’Connor, David Henry said Mr. O’Connor and his family had the rights to the Mill Race for generations and he was maintaining it at his own expense for years.Mr. Henry said there was no monetary benefit to Mr. O’Connor. He said there was a Circuit Court order made in 2002 that gave Mr. O’Connor the right to clean the Mill Race [a current of water that turns a mill wheel].He said he diverted water up stream in the river and if he hadn’t done this the water would have been restricted from getting into the Mill Race completely and more fish would have been lost.The Buncrana based solicitor explained that the flood in August 2017 had a huge impact on the river. He said the dry weather in June and July last year also affected the water level in the Donagh River.“During the flood of 2017 a huge deposit of salts and gravel built up in the river and above the Mill and they were unable to get in to extract water,” Mr. Henry explained.“Mr. O’Connor carried out a lot of work on the river and in 2018 they were able to get back in. Last summer there was a prolonged spell of dry weather which, contributed to the dryness in the river,” he added.Mr. Henry said Mr. O’Connor was very apologetic and said it was unfortunate that fish were lost due to his actions. However he said it was fortunate that the loss was limited to two fish.He said his client pleaded guilty and was very helpful and polite to the fishery officers, assisting them where he could.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Mr. O’Connor to pay Ms. Finnegan’s prosecuting solicitor costs of €767.93, adding that if he did that in a month he would strike the matter out.Mill owner to pay €767 after water level drop led to death of two fish was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghdeatdonegalInishowenmillrivertroutlast_img read more

New Additions to Fannie Mae Board of Directors

first_img in Headlines, News Brian P. Brooks Fannie Mae Jonathan Plutzik Karin J. Kimbrough 2019-03-21 Donna Joseph Fannie Mae announced that Karin J. Kimbrough and Brian P. Brooks were elected to its Board of Directors. The agency stated that the “two new directors are respected and knowledgeable business leaders in the technology and financial services sectors. They join other similarly dynamic and accomplished individuals on a Board of Directors that continues guiding Fannie Mae in its drive to be America’s most valued housing partner.”“I am pleased to welcome Karin and Brian to the Fannie Mae Board of Directors,” said Jonathan Plutzik, Chairman of the Board. “We will benefit greatly from their unique insights and perspective as the company delivers on its mission to provide liquidity to the mortgage market and support access to credit and affordable housing for families across the country.”“Karin and Brian are the right additions to our Board as we continue finding innovative ways to make housing more affordable while driving digital transformation of the mortgage experience for our customers and partners,” said Hugh R. Frater, Interim CEO. “Their deep experience in technology and banking will complement the expertise of their peers on the Board as they help guide us toward achieving our corporate priorities.”Kimbrough has served as Assistant Treasurer for Google since October 2017. She previously served as a Managing Director and Head of Macroeconomic Policy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch from November 2014 to October 2017. Prior to that, Kimbrough worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2005 to October 2014, serving as a Director for the Financial Stability Monitoring function in the markets group from 2010 to October 2014 and as a manager for analytical development from 2005 to 2010. She  previously worked as an economist and strategist at Morgan Stanley from 2000 to 2005.Brooks has served as the Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase Global, Inc. since September 2018. He previously served as Fannie Mae’s EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from November 2014 to September 2018. Prior to that, Brooks was Vice Chairman of OneWest Bank N.A., from 2011 to November 2014, where he served as Chief Legal Officer. Previously, he served as a partner at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he served from 2008 through 2011 as managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office and from 2010 through 2011 as group leader of the firm’s financial services practice. New Additions to Fannie Mae Board of Directorscenter_img March 21, 2019 609 Views Sharelast_img read more