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Saturday 18 November 2017

Senator suggests 'name and shame' website for illegal dumpers and fine dodgers

Paul Coghlan. Photo: Tom Burke
Paul Coghlan. Photo: Tom Burke
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A SENATOR has suggested that people who dump illegally and fail to pay their court fines should be named and shamed online.

Fine Gael Kerry Senator Paul Coghlan suggested the idea of a 'name and shame' website which he wants to raise in the Seanad.

He said stronger measures are needed to combat the issue of illegal dumping.

Speaking on Thursday he said; “It’s time to think outside of the box in our efforts to tackle illegal dumping.

"A ‘name and shame’ approach may make offenders think twice before engaging in this practise.

“For those who fail to pay the fixed penalty notice and are taken to court, their names should be published either on the website of their Local Authority or in the local newspaper," he continued.

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“The illegal dumping of rubbish is an issue that plagues both our rural countryside and our urban areas.

"It’s a source of embarrassment to Local Authorities and the thousands of people across this country who work all year round to keep their communities tidy."

The senator explained how some local authorities have installed CCTV cameras in well-known litter black-spots to try and catch perpetrators, but not all authorities have the finance to do so.

"At present, if a Local Authority can establish who owns material that has been illegally dumped, a fixed penalty notice is issued to the person," the senator continued.

"If they fail to pay this, they are then taken to court and prosecuted for illegal dumping.

"We have a number of deterrents already in place, and yet we still see illegal dumping on the rise and plaguing local authorities nationwide.

"Further action must be taken to protect our urban and rural areas and put an end to illegal dumping.”

While on the topic of litter, Senator Coghlan took time to commend the good work of the Tidy Towns teams across the country. 

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