Dumping is a persistent problem in North Kilkenny

Action needed: Councillors call for cameras and camera sign to combat littering

Mary Cody

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Dumping is a persistent problem in North Kilkenny

Illegal dumping is rife in parts of North Kilkenny in both rural and urban areas according to a number of local councillors.
Councillor Mary Hilda Kavanagh (Fine Gael) told members of the Municipal District of Castlecomer that ‘litter literally drives me spare’.
She told members that she has observed ‘carpet, underlaying and shelving dumped in a drain’.
“It is like someone decided to clear out their sitting room,” she remarked.
“I want cameras and camera signs put up,” she said adding that on occasion that the council had collected 24 bags of rubbish from close to where she lives in North Kilkenny.
“These people need to be caught and prosecuted. We have one of the most beautiful environments in the world and all this rubbish is destroying it,” she added.
The Fine Gael councillor also raised the issue of dog fouling.
“I wounder do people have the power to stop and ask dog owners if they are carrying bags with them for their animal’s excrements,” she said.
Her sentiments were echoed by Cllr Michael McCarthy (Fianna Fail) who told the meeting that ‘dog fouling is a problem in every community’.
Meanwhile Cllr Maurice Shortall said that ‘illegal dumping was as prevalent in urban areas as well as rural areas.
“There was a mattress dumped and people knew who the owner was and they wrote on the whiteboard, naming the person and it was removed. Swift action is needed to identify these culprits,” he added.
Cllr Kavanagh also raised the issue of a number of abandoned cars in the Freshford area.
Cllr McCarthy told the meeting that both gardaí and staff at the environment section of Kilkenny County Council are pursuing matters and that ‘there is a process that needs to be followed’.
Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fail) added that ‘abandoned cars are a new phenomenon. I believe that these abandoned cars are being used for criminal activity.”
Cllr John Brennan (Fine Gael) and chairperson of the Castlecomer Muncipal District said that ‘the name and shame policy is the only way to deal with these people’.
Cllr Kavanagh asked what should councillors do if they have suspicions of illegal dumping.
Environmental Awareness Officer, Bernadette Moloney told members to inform the Enviornment Department of any suspicions and if necessary a waste management inspection of the area could be organised to see how people dispose of their waste.