He intends to appeal the decision.
A man convicted of dumping in a protected bog in Westmeath has been ordered to pay a fine of almost 19 thousand euro.
The Department of Heritage says more than 100 truckloads of soil were dumped in the protected Milltownpass Bog last year.
The man, who admitted employing a driver to transport and dump soil on the land, intends to appeal the verdict.
Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan says illegal dumping is a serious issue and hopes the fine imposed acts as a deterrent to others.