Cork East TD, Kevin O’Keeffe has said that the additional funding being provided to Cork County Council to deal with the scourge of illegal dumping will enable local communities to once again enjoy their surrounding fauna and flora.

Deputy O’Keeffe was commenting after the Department of the Environment announced an additional allocation to Cork County Council to fund the Blackwater and Carrigduff, Mallow Clean Ups.

“Illegal dumping in our communities inflicts both a social and economic price. It’s great to see more and more communities standing up and saying enough is enough. They are sick and tired of people using their streams, rivers, forests and countryside as their personal dumpsters.

“The funding to both these clean ups can be used to provide monitoring and surveillance of dumping blackspots.

“The way we will end illegal dumping is through a policy of zero tolerance, and complete vigilance by the local authorities. Those living near to dumping blackspots have a major role to play, and I would urge them to take ownership of the campaign to end dumping.

“I will continue to lobby the Minister and the Government to fund these much needed programmes. Dealing with dumping is expensive, and it reduces the attractiveness of our communities to tourists,” concluded O’Keeffe.