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Wednesday 29 March 2017

NO ACTION YET ON ILLEGAL CAMPSITE

The campsite at the Racecourse Road
The campsite at the Racecourse Road

Anne Campbell

A DEADLOCK between gardaí and Louth County Council over which has to enforce an order to put illegal campers off two sites near Dundalk has turned into a 'tennis match', according to a councillor.

A difference of opinion over powers each has under prohibition orders means caravans at sites close to Ath Leathan on the Racecourse Road and near the dog pound at Dromiskin remain in place more than a week after they arrived.

Caravans parked for months at a site near the Marshes were finally moved last week after a complaint from the landowner triggered a reaction from authorities and they moved. But the council doesn't know who owns the land at the Racecourse Road and therefore can't use the same legislation in that case.

Now, Cllr Conor Keelan is urging gardaí and the council to work to enforce the orders and ensure the sites are cleared as soon as possible. 'This is turning into a tennis match', he said.

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