Hopkins calls for rollout of CCTV to tackle illegal dumping


Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has called for the rollout of CCTV to tackle the problem of illegal dumping in identified dumping blackspots.

  Senator Hopkins stated: “The problem of illegal dumping is blighting many rural areas in our community. Many rural areas, particularly bogs, have become blackspots for dumping with household waste as well as large quantities of recyclable items such as furniture, electrical items and scrap metal being dumped.”

  Senator Hopkins continued: “One specific instance of such dumping is in a bogland area outside Ballaghaderreen which has seen large amounts of waste and household goods being dumped in an area of rural forestry. This is an incredibly scenic area and the occurrence of such dumping has blighted the landscape.”

  “It is positive that last Sunday Minister Naughten allocated €22,750 to seven areas in the county to assist with clean-ups (Frenchpark; The Oaks; Cuilagh; Scramogue; Suck Valley Way & Kilteevan Bog; Ballyleague; clean-ups with probation services). However, unless real action to taken that will impact illegal dumpers in their pockets, this type of unacceptable behaviour will continue. There is an urgent need for the installation of CCTV in identified litter blackspots, which will help to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for this dumping.”