Shame Litter Bugs For A Cleaner Cork

By Seamus Whelehan

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The scourge of fly-tipping across Cork County is getting worse with the local authority spending more time and resources clearing up after thoughtless people.
Cork County Council say they look for new powers to fine littler louts up to €300 and name and shame those responsible.
The move comes after Independent Councillor John Paul O’Shea called to strengthen the law so that Municipal districts can clamp down those who view open spaces as their personal rubbish bin.
Fine Gael Councillor Anthony Barry who backed the motion said he would prefer to see a larger fine enforced so that the council could recoup the costs incurred prosecuting those who litter and cleaning up after them.
Independent Councillor Timmy Collins said “littering is a huge problem all over the county. Illegal dumping and fly-tipping especially in forestry plantations where there is no fence up.” He said Coillte “are trying their best but cannot fence off all their land.”
Fianna Fail Councillor Geroid Murphy said “The fine for smoking on a train is €600 on the spot. Regarding the impact to the environment €300 is definitely proportional, fining €150 is simply too low.”
Sinn Fein Councillor Danielle Twomey said she was concerned the increase in the fine was not enough of a deterrent for those who litter.
She said “you would be hard pushed to see a litter warden in the East Cork municipality”
Independent Councillor Ger Keohane said “Covert cameras in particular black spots might help the situation and identify people we bring to court and maybe then we can identify them publically.”
Fianna Fail Councillor Bernard Moynihan said “the people who work hard trying to enhance and improve their communities it’s a kick in the teeth to those people.”
Independent Councillor Mary Linehan Foley said education plays a part in the battle against litter.
“People don’t think twice dumping something out the window of a car, or they don’t think twice in fly-tipping. If they are educated about litter from a very early age it’s like plastic bags. Before the plastic bag ban came in everybody was up in arms but now the younger generation doesn’t know any different. “
Independent Councillor O’Shea said “I’m asking the Minister to provide us with a strong footing. Dublin City Council are already publicising those people prosecuted in court, so we should follow.”

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