Glanbia’s irregular milk supplier (Bill Carroll) resigns from board

Bill Carroll has resigned as a member of the board of  Glanbia Co-operative Society Limited.

As a consequence, Glanbia has confirmed that he has automatically ceased to be a director of Glanbia plc.

The announcement was made to the Irish Stock Exchange today.

Commenting on his resignation the Chairman of Glanbia, Henry Corbally said that he wished to thank Bill Carroll for his contribution to the Company and wished him well.

Earlier this year alleged milk movement irregularities came to light following an investigation conducted by the Department of Agriculture into possible milk quota irregularities involving Carroll and Clongowes Wood School.

The Department received information alleging non-compliances by the supplier and Glanbia with the regulations governing the milk quota regime.

In summary, the allegation was that a milk producer was having his milk collections credited to another milk supplier. The information received also alleged that this activity was being facilitated by Glanbia.

The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, said at the time that he regards it as “critically important” that Milk Quota Regulations are upheld in full.

The Minister immediately initiated a full investigation in this instance.

Following the completion of the investigation, the Minister said, corrective action was taken.

The Minister said following a fundamental review of milk recording within the milk processor, he made arrangements to have this corrective action independently verified.

The milk deliveries concerned were reallocated and any superlevy arising as a result, was to be paid in full.

The Minister then referred the file in this case to Chief State Solicitor’s Office for advice on whether any further action is warranted.

On receipt of advice from the Chief State Solicitor the Department decided that no prosecution was warranted.

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