A father and daughter who ran one of Donegal's longest-standing waste collection businesses have appeared in court charged with multiple counts of illegal dumping.

Jim Ferry, 63, and Louise Ferry, 31, who both live on Slieve Sneacht Road in Letterkenny, were charged in relation to alleged dumping by their company, Ferry's Refuse Recycling Ltd, on lands owned by Mr Ferry outside the town.

Mr Ferry featured in an RTÉ Investigates documentary, Ireland's Wild Waste, in 2018.

They appeared before Letterkenny District Court, where Mr Ferry faced charges relating to a period from 2012 to 2017. Ms Ferry's charges cover a period from 2014 to 2017. All were grounded on offences under the Waste Management Act.

Ms Ferry is facing 10 charges that, on different dates, and as a director of the company, she was responsible for waste being disposed of on lands at Rossbracken that was likely to cause pollution.

Mr Ferry has been charged with 41 offences as a director of the company, the registered owner of the lands and the person responsible for holding and disposing of the waste at Rossbracken, Manorcunningham.

Included in his charges are that he failed to comply with a notice issued by Donegal County Council in 2017 which was issued to stop him holding or disposing of waste on the site.

The land is on the outskirts of Letterkenny on the banks of a river flowing into Lough Swilly.

The case was put back until 14 March next year, when the book of evidence will be served.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that the case be heard before a jury. These trials are moved up to be held before the Circuit Court.