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Fly tipping and illegal dumping at Gunny Hill, near Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Fly tipping and illegal dumping at Gunny Hill, near Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Fly tipping and illegal dumping at Gunny Hill, near Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham. Photo: Doug O'Connor

A COUNCIL has called for changes in data protection laws to allow for the naming and shaming of illegal dumpers, after litter fines in the area jumped by 63pc in a year.

South Dublin councillors said publishing lists of culprits would help in the battle against littering.

They passed a motion supporting stronger measures in dealing with the litter problem, including naming and shaming. The council's management said the publication of lists has already been deemed to be "incompatible" with the Data Protection Act.

The council's monthly meeting was told a total of 1,165 fines were issued in 2012, a 63pc increase on the previous year.

Cllr Dermot Looney (Lab) tabled a motion that the council "supports stronger measures in combating the scourge of littering and illegal dumping".

He said this included increased penalties and community service requirements for offenders.

The motion called on Environment Minister Phil Hogan to support the council by liaising with the Data Protection Commissioner and, "if necessary, seek amendments to the Data Protection Act to allow the naming and shaming of those engaged in such practices".

Cllr Looney told the meeting that in one week in January this year, 10 tonnes of litter had been lifted from 31 locations in the county, after 56 complaints.

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