Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway, Eugene Murphy, has called for action to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping in Counties Galway and Roscommon.

Deputy Murphy commented, “Illegal dumping and fly tipping has developed into a serious problem. It’s shameful to see rubbish in parks, lay-bys and on roadsides. Not only is this a major eyesore, the dumping of toxic materials like tyres and building rubble also sparks potential public health concerns.

“We live is such a picturesque part of the country, and our local economy is heavily reliant on trade from tourism, I therefore believe it is imperative more is done to tackle illegal dumping.

“The Culliagh Bog area of Scramogue in Co Roscommon has been particularly bad in the past and it is time this type of activity is stamped out.

“The local Tidy Towns group and other organisations do great work in responding to littering problems, but we cannot take for granted the dedicated work of volunteers. A greater response is required from our local authorities.

“I am concerned that not enough resources are being allocated to local authorities – manpower, surveillance and enforcement are all major issues.

“Local Authorities have environmental officers but given the vast size of the counties they have to cover it is not possible for them to keep on top of illegal dumping. We should look at providing them with more supports.

“The Government must allow the Council to get creative with options. Drone surveillance and monitoring could be deployed over dumping blackspots which could see people caught red-handed and prosecuted.

“There needs to a pro-active rather than reactive approach to illegal dumping. Taxpayers end up footing the bill when a Council team have to travel to a site and remove couches, washing machines, tyres or whatever it might be. It’s not fair and must be dealt with”, he concluded.