A fee being charged by Mayo County Council, for a water sample on a brewery in Murrisk, Westport is “absurd”, according to Independent Westport Councillor Johno O’Malley.

He raised the 760 euro fee, quoted by an agent for the local authority to Mescan Brewery at the base of Croagh Patrick, at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

The councillor had already raised the issue at last month’s West Mayo Municipal District meeting.

Cllr O’Malley insists the brewery, that already has its own water system installed and pays for water tests conducted by the HSE, will not pay 760 euro for a water sample, and he believes they are right to refuse to do so.

He has called on council management to clarify the situation adding that it had been indicated to him that the water sample being proposed by Mayo County Council on this brewery would act as a method of auditing the HSE water sampling. If this is the case he asked how can Mayo County Council justify a demand of 760 euro from a private, rate-paying business to do it.

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