Fianna Fáil Dublin Spokesperson, John Lahart TD has raised concerns regarding the rise of illegal dumping across Dublin, and in particular the South Dublin region.

According to the annual report published by South Dublin County Council, almost 5,000 tonnes of illegal waste was collected by council authorities last year. This marks an increase of close to 1,000 tonnes in comparison to the year previous.

He said, “Every week I receive reports from Dublin residents about illegal dumping in their community. In many cases, bags of household refuse are being dumped in widely used public spaces which raise major public health concerns for families and the environment as a whole.

“We know from figures provided in South Dublin County Council’s report that less and less people are facing fines or sanction for illegal littering as only 434 fines were issued out of close to 4,000 complaints. It appears to be proving difficult to obtain evidence to identify those carrying out any illegal dumping.

“There are just a handful of officers employed to enforce important by-laws which makes it virtually impossible for them to monitor what is the most densely populated urban area in Ireland.

He added, “Dublin city residents are therefore forced to put up with litter, fly-tipping and dumping far too regularly. I believe that increasing the level of resources that are currently available, including the number of officers, could help properly combat illegal dumping across Dublin. CCTV surveillance is also essential in clamping down on this issue in dumping black spots.

“The cost of illegal dumping ultimately falls back on the taxpayer and is only set to increase further as the problem worsens. If this issue is not adequately addressed soon, it will eventually begin to impact heavily on local authority budgets and negatively burden our economy as a whole,” concluded Deputy Lahart.