Murphy and Naughten must make statement on RTE Investigates Wild Waste programme - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Waste Management Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Minister Murphy and Minister Naughten to make a joint statement in the Dáil on what action their respective departments are taking to tackle illegal dumping and to strengthen the enforcement regime.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The RTE Investigates report into Ireland’s Wild Waste last night is a great example of powerful public service broadcasting.
“The programme laid bare the horrifying scale of this State’s illegal dumping problem.
“Illegal dumping is widespread due to the fragmented regulatory framework in place and the fact that four different government agencies have responsibility for inspection and enforcement.
“The legislation is complex, resulting in slow enforcement. This is made worse by a weak sanctions regime.
“The chronic under-funding of local authorities is also a key reason why waste operators get away with such flagrant breaches of the law.
"Local authorities neither have the staff nor the resources to act due to central government cuts.
“This State’s ill-judged waste and recycling privatisation agenda has led to a further fragmentation of an already weak and poorly resourced regulatory system that has led to these kinds of abuses.
“There are many reputable waste services firms operating within this jurisdiction, however the scale of the illegal dumping shown last night indicates that this is not just a few bad apples, but rather a systemic problem within the industry.
“Minister’s Eoghan Murphy and Denis Naughten must make a statement on this and dedicated Dáil time must be set aside to debate this serious issue.
“The inspection and sanctions regime must be strengthened, local authorities must be adequately resourced and both Ministers must seriously examine the merits of the remunicipalisation of waste services.”