Council urged to use CCTV to fight illegal dumping

Colm Ward

Reporter:

Colm Ward

A pile of rubbish dumped near Kildimo last week
A call has been made for Limerick City and County Council to use closed circuit TV cameras in the battle against illegal dumping in the county’s rural areas.

A call has been made for Limerick City and County Council to use closed circuit TV cameras in the battle against illegal dumping in the county’s rural areas.

Cllr Emmett O’Brien pointed out at the month’s meeting of the Adare Rathkeale municipal area that there was a high level of so-called ‘fly tipping’ in the Carnane, Fedamore area.

“Fly tipping is something that is happening around the length and breadth of the county,” he said.

“In areas where there is pronounced fly tipping, the council should look at installing CCTV,” he added.

However, Cllr Kevin Sheahan pointed out that, in many cases where CCTV had been used, it had not resulted in prosecutions as it was not possible to identify the people involved because they were wearing hoodies.

Meanwhile, the council’s environment department has confirmed that it is investigating an alleged case of illegal dumping at Monanoag, between Kildimo and Adare.

A local resident spotted a large quantity of rubbish apparently dumped at the side of a quiet country road in the area last week and reported it to the council and local gardai.

Pictures show a large number of refuse sacks and other items left in the area.

However, it is understood that it was taken away the following day, though it is unclear who removed it.

“We received a complaint regarding illegal dumping on March 6. We are in the process of investigating the matter and establishing who the land owner is. A council official will conduct an inspection at the area tomorrow, 12th March,” a spokesperson said this Wednesday.

To report illegal dumping, contact 1800 201151.