Cllr Antoin Watters "losing count" of relentless illegal tyre dumping incidents in North Louth

A sixth illegal tyre dumping incident took place in Edentubber over the weekend

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Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters with a previous tyre dump earlier this year

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters says he's losing count of the number of illegal tyres being dumped around north Louth. 

The comment came after it was revealed that a sixth illegal tyre dump took place at Edentubber over the weekend. 

Speaking to The Dundalk Democrat, Cllr Watters said: "It's becoming a weekly pilgrimage for me heading to Edentubber to see more tyre dumps. There is definitely a problem with illegal dumping in Louth. The Government is providing funding for illegal dumping, and I'll be asking the local authorities to make an application at the Louth County Council meeting this morning." 

Last week, the Government announced that they would be providing €2 million in funding to tackle illegal dumping across the country. 

Minister Denis Naughten announced that the crackdown on dumping would include measures such as drones, CCTV footage and smart technologies such as aerial imagery from satellites.  

Whilst he welcomed the news of funding to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping Cllr Watters said that the funding, if allocated to Louth, would have to be "adequate" here to fix the significant problem in the wee county. 

The Louth Cllr also said that if the funding was granted he would like to see Louth's local authorities working with their Northern counterparts to ensure that the problem wasn't passed on to someone else.