Increased funding to tackle 'scourge' of illegal dumping in Louth
Over €44,619 has been allocated for four projects in County Louth to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping, according to local TD Peter Fitzpatrick.
Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick said: “Illegal dumping is a blight on our communities. It demonstrates a complete lack of respect for other people and for the environment.
“Fine Gael’s priority is to build on the progress we have made in protecting our natural environment so that we can safeguard it for future generations.
“Covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras will form a central part of this crackdown,” the Fine Gael TD said.
“We will see better enforcement of anti-dumping measures and stronger prosecutions being made.
“The following projects will be funded here in Louth : Anti-dumping Initiative Junction 14 and Dundalk Waste Removal at St Kieran's Bridge, Anti-dumping Initiative at the Twenties Anti-dumping Initiative at Moneymore"
The response to last year’s anti-dumping initiative from the public and local authorities was unprecedented. 230 black spots across the country were cleaned up and measures put in place to protect against a return of illegal dumping in these areas.
Speaking at the launch of the 2018 Anti-Dumping Initiative Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring T.D said: “As the Minister responsible for rural development, I am acutely conscious of the threat that illegal dumping poses to jobs, incomes and investment on those areas of our country whose growth is dependent on the preservation and protection of our magnificent landscapes, and our clean waterways.
“Community groups that engage in local clean-ups, motivated purely by a love of place and pride in parish, have been the bulwark against those who engage in this deplorable practice.
“We owe these volunteers a debt of gratitude. Last year I provided a once off allocation of €1.4 million to Tidy Towns groups around the country to support their voluntary work to make their communities better places.”