Local Fianna Fáil TD, Seán Haughey has expressed concern that large amounts of rubbish is continuing to be left in public spaces and on roadsides throughout North Dublin.

He commented, “The scourge of illegal dumping and fly-tipping is growing increasingly severe in Dublin Bay North. The coastal landscape and beaches including Dollymount Strand attract droves to our area but they are becoming blighted by fly-tipping,” explained Deputy Haughey.

“Over the past number of years we have seen a marked increase in illegal dumping on roadsides and laneways and a significant number of serious incidents have been reported to me already this year.

“Bags of household refuse are being dumped in widely used public spaces which are matters of public health concern that affects families and the broader environment.

“Minister Naughten recently announced a €650,000 national anti-dumping initiative nationwide as well as €9m for local authority enforcement, and I do hope that a proportion of that funding will be allocated to respond to the issues in Dublin Bay North.

Deputy Haughey added, “Surveillance is essential in clamping down on this issue and we need to increase the resources that are currently available to properly police illegal dumping across Dublin Bay North. Unless the necessary resources will be allocated to implement the Minister’s plans, the problem will continue to persist.

“A recent successful initiative launched by Fingal County Council and An Garda Siochána to identify those committing litter offences in Baldoyle could prove as beneficial in our area too. I will be suggesting that Dublin City Council launch similar operations to monitor illegal dumping in other Dublin suburb over the coming weeks.

“We really need to see the allocation of the adequate level of resources to ensure action on the ground. The relevant authorities must strictly enforce waste laws and impose greater fines to deal with the problem on a long-term basis.”