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Sunday 24 June 2018

Rubber bandits

Cross-border investigation urged to target illegal dumping

There was widespread condemnation of the dumping of more than 1,000 tyres on the Cooley mountains. Image: Argus
There was widespread condemnation of the dumping of more than 1,000 tyres on the Cooley mountains. Image: Argus

Margaret Roddy

Thousands of used tyres have been dumped in remote mountain areas in some of the most scenic parts of the country in recent weeks leading to calls for a cross- border criminal investigation to target those responsible.

Huge quantities of tyres have been dumped on bog land close to the mountain road to Clermont Carm appeared on social media over the weekend, and there are also reports of similar incidents of tyres being dumped at Edentubber, on Coillte owned lands at Feede Mountain, and at Slieve Gullion in South Armagh. A quantity of used tyres was also dumped at the old Newry Road in the weeks before Christmas.

'A criminal investigation needs to be carried out on both sides of the border,' said Cllr Mark Dearey. 'It seems like someone is emptying an entire site of used types across parts of North Louth and South Armagh.'

He said that the 'cynical operators' had taken advantage of the Christmas holiday period when local authority workers were on holidays to dump the tyres in remote areas.

While the tyres were 'unsightly', he said they didn't represent hazardous waste but the local authority and Coillte would be left having to foot the bill for removing them from these remote locations.

'Just how low can people sink to do this in an area recognised for its scenic beauty?' asked Cllr John McGahon. 'This is illegal dumping on an industrial scale.'

Cllr Peter Savage said that the incident was mostly likely the result of someone being paid to collect tyres and then dumping them and called for investigators to contact local garages and see if they had paid anyone to dispose of tyres.

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