ANGER has been expressed over what is being described as “mindless contamination” of the river Urrin outside Enniscorthy.
The river is one of the tributaries to the Slaney and speaking to the Enniscorthy Guardian, local councillor, John O’Rourke, expressed disgust at the site that met him when he viewed the discarded rubbish dumped in the river at Carley’s Bridge on Monday.
Cllr O’Rourke was contacted by local fishermen who alerted him to the illegal dumping.
"There were bags of rubbish dumped in it and a lot of household items and there were also tiles,” said Cllr O’Rourke.
"There’s also a ceramic hand basin dumped in there, it’s unbelievable,” he added.
Cllr O’Rourke said it was hard to fathom how people could have so little respect for nature and the environment let alone the impact it will have on the water course itself.
Describing the river as a natural resource, Cllr O’Rourke said everything possible should be done to ensure that those responsible are caught.
“I remember going down there when I was a kid and we’d go swimming there and we’d walk between the two bridges,” said Cllr O’Rourke.
"The water was fine then and you could swim in it and it was safe but you wouldn’t do it now,” he added.
“I hope those responsible for this are caught and that the full rigours of the law are enforced on them.”