Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says she hopes the latest government initiative to tackle illegal dumping is backed by manpower and resources. She was responding to a €2m announcement by Minister Denis Naughten which he claims will see a “targeted crackdown on illegal dumping black spots across the country”.
Deputy Smyth commented, “While obviously any measures to tackle illegal dumping are welcome, the announcements themselves are meaningless without proper surveillance and enforcement. Last year there was €650,000 funding allocation for the 2017 anti-dumping initiative as well as €9m for local authority enforcement, but despite this, the problem is continuing.
“The installation of CCTV at local bring banks does appear to be having an impact in deterring dumpers, however there are still serious problems in scenic areas and along roadways. In recent weeks I have noticed an increase in the amount of furniture being dumped on the side of the road. Couches and matresses are now becoming a regular feature along lay-bys and roadside car parks.
“This government has a habit of making big announcements without following through on delivery and I have concerns that this latest initiative will be another victim of this trend. There are several Departments running huge underspends for last year, whereby announcements have been made but the money has not been spent.
“Illegal dumping is a blight on our roads and countryside and tough measures must be taken to stop it. I am appealing to Minister Naughten to ensure that this latest initiative is given the staffing levels and resources it needs to make a real difference”.