Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South, Jim O’Callaghan has said that the proper implementation of bye-laws and additional resources including large bins are essential to managing the illegal disposal of litter in the area close to Portobello Bridge during the summer months.

He said, “During spells of good weather like we had over the weekend, large numbers of people congregate close to Portobello Bridge and along the bank of the canal. Many of them are enjoying themselves and not breaking any laws.

“The problem is that others do not clean up after themselves and have a complete disregard for residents in the area who are forced to put up with them urinating in public and often on their doorsteps.

“I understand that Gardaí stationed in Pearse St patrol the area to curb any anti-social behaviour but when evening comes in the residents of Portobello and Harold’s Cross are left to deal with reams of unwanted rubbish.

“Only just recently a huge voluntary and community led effort was put in to cleaning up the Canal as part of the Dublin Waters Day initiative to clean up the rivers and canals in our city. It is a terrible shame that the actions of those visiting the area when the sun is shining undo all that hard work.

“Piles of rubbish left strewn along the Canal are not just unpleasant to look at and taint the landscape; they potentially pollute the water and endanger the wildlife that rely on it.

“It’s great that people can get together and enjoy the sun by the water at Portobello Bridge but they need to be more conscious of the environmental impact of their litter and general waste on our urban community.

“We all have a civic and personal responsibility to properly dispose of any waste we generate whether that’s at home or in public and those that ignore that should face repercussions.

“I have written to Dublin City Council to urge them to assign a number of Litter Wardens to monitor that area during good weather and who can issue on the spot litter fines.

He concluded, “The bye-laws in place for the Prevention and Control of Litter in our city must be better utilised and enforced to deter anyone from leaving their rubbish behind for others to collect.