Friday 23 February 2018

'Hundreds of nappies' and hazardous waste discovered in beauty spot

Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter
Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter
Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter
Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter

Sasha Brady

Local authorities have launched an investigation into illegal dumping in Munster scenic spots.

People are going to extreme lengths to hide evidence of illegal dumping, disposing of their waste in scenic spots that are off the beaten track.

RTE broadcaster and author, Brian O'Connell, was given access to hidden dumping sights in undisclosed areas of Munster.

Speaking to Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE, he said he witnessed domestic and hazardous waste discarded in areas of "spectacular beauty".

Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter
Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter

Former garda, John Mulvihill, has been contracted by local authorities to employ and monitor high-tech hidden cameras in the undergrowth in an effort to catch those responsible

Mr O'Connell and Mr Mulvihill couldn't identify the areas the rubbish was discovered in on-air rubbish as the investigation into illegal dumping is ongoing but they confirmed that both spots are close to the Knockmealdown mountain range, which borders several counties.

The pair uncovered "wheelie-bin type rubbish and yellow sacks of hazardous waste" in the first spot. The yellow sacks would suggest the waste comes from a "hospital or nursing home setting".

Further along, off the beaten track, they encountered another site of illegal dumping.

"It is a stunning area, beautiful greenery and foliage all around us and the first thing you see is hazardous waste dumping everywhere.

"A lot of rubbish, bits of barbecue and household waste, hundreds of used nappies... looking out over a valley."

Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter
Hazardous and domestic waste dumped in Munster beauty spot. Photo: Brian O'Connell / Twitter

Mr Mulvihill said it is "sickening".

The surveillance expert said that 'flytippers' would have had to drive at least eight miles to reach the spot, as it's so far off the beaten track.

All the information Mr Mulvihill collects, including IDs and registration plates is handed over to the authorities and, if need be, he will appear in court to give evidence.

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