Stronger measures needed to protect our local communities from illegal dumping

Fine Gael Senator for Cavan and Monaghan has said that stronger measures must be introduced to combat illegal dumping, and he suggested that it may be time to ‘name and shame’ repeat offenders and those who fail to pay their court fine.

“It’s time to think outside of the box in our efforts to tackle illegal dumping. A ‘name and shame’ approach may make offenders think twice before engaging in this practise.

“For those who fail to pay the fixed penalty notice and are taken to court, their names could be published either on the website of their Local Authority or in the local paper.

“Many people in every local community in Cavan and Monaghan volunteer their time and work hard to keep our local areas tidy. We cannot stand by while illegal dumping detracts from the work of all of those involved in keeping our local communities clean.

“Illegal dumping is a source of embarrassment to Local Authorities and the every person in Cavan and Monaghan, and across this country, who work all year round to keep their communities tidy and it plagues both our rural countryside and our urban areas.

“We need further action to reduce this crime, and protect our environment. A number of Local Authorities have installed CCTV operations in known litter blackspots, but not all authorities have the required finance to do so.

“At present, if a Local Authority can establish who owns material that has been illegally dumped, a fixed penalty notice is issued to the person. If they fail to pay this, they are then taken to court and prosecuted for illegal dumping.

“We have a number of deterrents already in place, and yet we still see illegal dumping on the rise and plaguing local authorities nationwide. Further action must be taken to protect both urban and rural areas in Cavan and Monaghan and put an end to illegal dumping.”

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website