Government response to illegal dumping ‘inadequate’ – Adams
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the additional funding announced last Thursday by the Minister for Environment Denis Naughten to tackle illegal dumping. However, the Louth TD said that “the government’s response to this serious rural and urban problem has been woefully inadequate”.
The Louth TD said:
“This government has a shameful habit of repackaging the same measures and announcing them as if they are new. Last year, the government announced a relatively small amount of new funding to prevent illegal dumping but claimed that it would allow for so-called ‘smart enforcement interventions’ such as overt and covert CCTV, satellite imaging, and drones.
“Last Thursday, the statement issued by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring was almost identical. He said that the money would be used to support the use of smart technology such as CCTV, drones, and satellite imagery.
“Any additional funding which can deter illegal dumping is to be welcomed but the government’s response – an allocation of €2 million across the state – does not match the scale of the problem.”