Sunday 21 September 2014

Summer rubbish is still on beach

Emma Gallagher

Published 14/01/2014 | 05:40

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Some of the rubbish at Rathlee beach.

Residents in Rathlee are annoyed that rubbish remains on the shoreline since being dumped there during the summer months.

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The waste material includes bottles, cans, broken glass and discarded furniture.

The rubbish has been there since the annual mid-summer fires.

One local person described the debris as an 'eyesore': "The mid-summer fires go back to ancient rituals. It's a way for people to dispose of their rubbish. There were efforts to monitor it a number of years ago but this year there is a big mound of rubbish in this beautiful setting."

A sign indicating that a €1,500 fine applies to illegal dumping was also damaged in the fires.

A county council spokeswoman said it was investigating the matter. However, she said the council records all complaints but had received no complaint about this in 2013. She said a very similar complaint was received in 2012, and this was dealt with.

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