Tipperary dumping: Cllr Michael O'Meara says littering is at 'epidemic proportions'

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Tipperary dumping: Cllr Michael O'Meara says littering is at 'epidemic proportions'

Illegal dumping has been criticised by Nenagh councillors

Littering along the roads around the Nenagh Municipal District Council area is an “epidemic proportions”, according to one local councillor.

The claims come as the spotlight on the country's illegal dumping was shone on numerous counties, including Tipperary, by an RTE Investigates programme broadcast last Monday.

“It is not nice work picking up someone else's litter,” Cllr Michael O'Meara declared.

He decsribed littering as a “highly criminal act”, but wondered “what rap on the knuckels do these people get?”

Cllr O'Meara told Nenagh MDC that more action than was being taken at present will have to brought in to sanction those littering.

“We should be able to build up a profile of those who are littering. It is certain people who are doing it all the time. It is a huge cost to us,” he said.

Cllr Ger Darcy said that a drain near Moanfin was “literally filled with rubbish”.

He called for better deterrents against culprits.

Meanwhile, Cllr Mattie Ryan felt that there was “more rubbish than usual” along the roads of North Tipperary.

“The issue of litter is becoming more and more prevealent,” according to Cllr Joe Hannigan, who wants Tipperary County Council to bring in waste bylaws making people accountable for how their rubbish is disposed of.

He said that local communities were doing litter picks along roads and then others were coming out and dumping their rubbish.

Nenagh MDC Cathaoirleach Cllr John Carroll said he could not understand how people could dump on the roadside.

He called for hidden CCTV cameras to be installed in known dumping areas.

“People must have a very low IQ to do it,” he said. “There should be tougher action and they should be named and shamed.”

Cllr Carroll said that those caught dumping should pay a “heavy penalty”.

Cllr Seamus Morris said that action needed to be taken on derelcit sites because “every derelict site is a dumping spot”.

He especially wants the Nenagh barracks site declared a derelict site so that the Department of Defence will have to clean it up.

“There is no point in messing around. It is time to sort it out,” he said.

The Independent councillor said that there was one derelict house on Old Birr Road where people were putting rubbish in the broken window.

“We are going to have to barricade the windows. It is rat-infested,” he said.

Cllr Hughie McGrath supported him and pointed out that there were other derelict houses in the same area.

Director of environmental services Rory Boland told the councillors that the council was back to its full complement of five litter enforecement officers.