Illegal dumping sparks outrage

Tamara O’Connell

Household rubbish and builder’s waste dumped at a laneway off the Doylesfort Road has sparked outrage in the community with calls to track and prosecute those responsible for the act.

Louth County Council (LCC) visited the site of the dumping of an estimated 30 tonnes of rubbish at the laneway off the Doylesfort Road in Dundalk last weekend.

The lane was closed off and it is being decided if outside contractors are needed to properly dispose of the household rubbish and builder’s waste.

The illegal dumping took place on Friday evening at approximately 8:30pm. Gardai were quickly on the scene as the waste was in the process of being dumped by an articulated lorry.

As gardaí approached the vehicle a man, thought to be the driver of the vehicle, fled the scene across the fields. The lorry was seized for technical examination and a garda investigation is currently underway into the incident.

According to a statement from Louth County Council they are currently assessing the situation to see if an outside contractor is needed to clear up the mess.

“Louth County Council (LCC) visited the site of the dumping of an estimated 30 tonnes of rubbish at a laneway off the Doylesfort Road in Dundalk last weekend.

“The lane was closed off and it is being decided if outside contractors are needed to properly dispose of the household rubbish and builder’s waste,” read the statement.

Louth Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú has condemned the dumping of the waste at the Dundalk laneway.

Mr Ó Murchú said he understands that some of the waste may have originated at a renovation project in the Midlands and those who were working on the site may have believed they were dealing with a properly-licenced waste company.

However, insulation sheets, doors, bricks and concrete blocks, along with other material, were dumped in a local laneway.

Mr Ó Murchú praised the Gardai who were quickly on the scene and although the driver managed to escape, the truck was seized.

Mr Ó Murchú, who visited the scene, said: “Thanks to the timely response of Gardaí, detectives now have the lorry in their possession, which is a crucial piece of evidence.

“Scenes of Crime Officers spent hours on the laneway on Saturday collecting further information from the rubbish and I understand they are confident of identifying the rogue waste contractor and the source of the material.

“From what I understand, some of the waste came from a renovation project in the Midlands and those who were carrying out the work may have believed they were dealing with a properly licenced waste contractor.

“We have been blighted by small and large scale dumping over the last few years in Louth and it flies in the face of those, such as the Tidy Towns, residents’ associations, Dundalk BIDS, and others, who work hard to improve Dundalk and the environment.”

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