Morgan questions use of 'Spy-drones' in Louth

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Morgan questions use of 'Spy-drones' in Louth

Morgan questions use of 'Spy-drones' in Louth

Local community activist Ollie Morgan has issued a statement on the recent announcement by Minister Denis Naughten TD, on his recent proposals to use drones to combat illegal dumping

Mr Morgan, who is an independent candidate for Dundalk South in Local Elections 2019 said, "While I would applaud and endorse efforts of any sort to deal with our dreadful fly-tipping problem, I would be apprehensive that the use of 'spy-drones' by our Local Authority would invade the privacy of people in their homes.

"I for one, like the vast majority of ordinary people who don't fly-tip, would deplore the use by council officials of 'spy-drones' to take videos of my backyard, my private property.

"Come to think of it, I am bemused as to how it is perceived by our Local Authority officials that a 'spy-drone' will be effective against fly-tipping at, for example, Edentubber, where tyres are being dumped", he said.

He continued, "Spy-drones are not spy-satellites they can only stay aloft for 20-30 minutes max and they cannot see in the dark.

"Moreover, they can only operate from within a very limited range of the operator, a matter of a few hundred metres and they cannot operate in the rain or in windy conditions.

"For all the above reasons and probably a few others I would be very cautious about spending scarce public resources on measures which have not been fully thought through.

"One recalls that we squandered €52 million on the electronic polling machines fiasco!", Mr Morgan concluded.