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04 Jul 2022

Kilkenny woman convicted of illegal dumping in rural location

Kilkenny woman convicted of illegal dumping in rural location

A woman was convicted of illegal dumping and fined at Kilkenny District Court.
Helen Dunne, 109 Newpark Close, Kilkenny was convicted of the offence at Baunreagh, Shellumsrath on a date between January 12 and 13, 2021.
Garda Ashley Lowry gave evidence in the case that on January 16, 2021 gardaí received a report from a local landowner that 14 bags of rubbish had been dumped in a laneway at Baunreagh, Shellumsrath. The landowner had spoken with the environmental section of Kilkenny County Council who said that it was the landowner’s responsibility.
Photographs of the rubbish were handed into the court and one photograph showed a NCT referral letter which had the name and address of Helen Dunne. Christmas cards containing the names of some of her children were also found in the rubbish.
The garda went to the laneway and observed the bags and spoke to member of staff at the environment section of Kilkenny County Council who said that it was a private road.
Garda Lowry said that on January 17, 2021 he called to 109 Newpark Close and spoke to Robert Dunne, the husband of Helen Dunne who said that they had no waste bin collection and that he disposed of their waste at a waste disposal facility.
The local landowner who reported the illegal dumping told the court that five landowners to the private laneway and that local people walk there.
“A neighbour who was out walking their dog informed me that there was a pile of rubbish disposed of on my land,” he said adding that there had been at least five or six previous incidents of illegal dumping in the laneway.
“I went through the rubbish and found the names and took photographs and gave them to gardaí,” he said.
The landowner said that as well as the bags of rubbish there were chairs, a sofa and paint cans dumped. He disposed of the rubbish at a waste centre for €40.
Mr Dunne gave evidence that he is responsible for the dealing with the rubbish and told the court that at the time of the offence the car was broken down.
“There was a chap going round selling sticks. I said would he take the rubbish bags. He said he would and I gave him a few bob. I gave him three or four bags,” he said.
Mr Dunne told the judge he had paid the man €30 to get rid of the rubbish.
“You were ripped off,” remarked the judge and pointing out that the landowner had paid €40 to legally dispose of the 14 bags of rubbish dumped on his land.
The judge also said that it is ‘against the law to give someone rubbish to dump’.
Judge Joanne Carroll convicted the defendant and fined her €101 and ordered that she repay the landowner for the cost of disposing the rubbish.

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