A three ton truck made the trip to Kyle Ballykeeffe with a full load of rubbish for the sole purpose of dumping on the land of Callan farmer Dan Fitzpatrick. The incident is the latest example of illegal dumping blighting rural Kilkenny.
Mr Fitzpatrick was shocked to discover that somebody had opened the gate to his land and reversed in a truck before tipping out a huge amount of rubbish on to the land.
Cllr Billy Ireland (Fine Gael) said that it was the first time he had seen something like this. “This is new. We’ve seen many bags dumped out here but nothing like this. This is dangerous to animals on the land, there are toxic chemicals like cans of paint that have been dumped on the land.”
Cllr Ireland said that the rubbish appeared to be the contents of a garage and he estimated that there was about two or three tons of rubbish. The rubbish include five or six tins of paint as well as a single bed mattress. The land owner, Dan Fitzpatrick and Cllr Ireland donned rubber gloves and searched through the rubbish for clues as to where it came from. They believe that they have enough evidence gathered that if they were to go to the Gardai, the Gardai would be able to identify the culprit. Cllr Ireland said they were willing to give who ever dumped the rubbish a chance. If the rubbish is removed from the land they won’t go to the Gardai. “We are hoping they are they will come around and see sense,” said Cllr Ireland.
Illegal dumping remains a huge problem in Kilkenny and particularly in the rural parts of Kilkenny. Cllr John Brennan (Fine Gael) from Clogh said that there is an on-going problem with people dumping bags of rubbish into the hedgerows around the county. “I’ve been getting calls from the public about indiscriminate dumping in the countryside. You wouldn’t see it if you were driving by but if you walk the roads you’ll see it in the hedges,” said Cllr Brennan.
The KIlkenny County Council Environment Section admitted that illegal dumping is an on-going problem. The Council are planning to use “covert surveillance and new methods of investigation”, to bring the perpetrators of illegal dumping to justice. A spokesperson for Kilkenny County Council said “Kilkenny has recently stated its policy in relation to illegal dumping in the Litter Management Plan 2012-2014 which is due to go in front of the Council in March. The Local Authorities will respond to illegal dumping complaints with each complaint being investigated resulting in the material being removed. The plan also states that the use of covert surveillance will continue and new methods of investigation will be explored to strengthen the capabilities of the Enforcement Team to tackle those who continue to illegally dump refuse. The public is encouraged to lodge illegal dumping complaints to 1800-200-156 to assist the Local Authority in combating litter in the county.