Ireland faces €3.8m EU fine over shellfish waters

Ireland faces an EU fine of more than €3.8m and daily fines of nearly €40,000 for ignoring a 2007 EU court ruling urging the member state to comply with the 1979 directive on the quality of shellfish waters, it emerged in Thursday.

The European Commission said it was taking Ireland back to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the issue. The country could be urged to pay the fines suggested by the commission if condemned by the ECJ for a second time.

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