Seven lambs dumped in Taughmaconnell bog

Four days after 29 dead animals were dumped in a bog at Kilteevan, it was reported to Roscommon County Council that seven lambs were discarded in a similar manner at Taughmaconnell, near Athlone.

  On March 29, the council received the following environment complaint, which was released under the Freedom of Information Act: “Seven lambs in bog. Near the old Roadstone premises on the Athlone Taughmaconnell road, take a right before the first house and lambs are in the bog.”

  Three weeks previously, on March 7, it was reported that another dead lamb was illegally dumped in a ditch in the same location.

  In fact, the council continues to receive similar reports regularly throughout the county. On March 8, they received a report of a “dead lamb dumped in the Arigna river”, while on March 22, it was claimed that “two dead calves” were dumped at the bridge at Carrowclogher/Cloonclogher, Strokestown.

  Meanwhile, there are concerns in Ballaghaderreen about the level of illegal dumping at the Toobracken townland, close to the town, recently.

  On March 15, the council received a report that an abandoned car full of rubbish and a trailer with 30 bags of rubbish had been dumped in the area. Local councillor Michael Mulligan, of Sinn Féin, said that Toobracken had become a “favourite spot” for this activity recently.

  “The locals did a great clean-up on it about a year ago and left it absolutely spotless. Now, it is back again at full throttle again,” he said.

  “It is an absolute disgrace because it is a very picturesque area and it is nice area for people going walking. But, for some strange reason, people go out in their cars and just dump there.”

  He said that he had asked the council to adopt a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach against offenders and to install mobile cameras with a view to catching offenders.