Works to clear two sites of dumped rubbish

Works to clear two sites of dumped rubbish


Work began this morning on clearing rubbish from this site off the Kilrush road – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare County Council has carried out clean-up operations at two locations in Ennis where members of the traveller community had previously lived in caravans.

Serious concerns have been raised in recent weeks about the incidence of dumping in Ennis while calls were made on the local authority to take action.

Today (Friday), the council commenced works to clear two sites on the Kilrush and Gort Road where a considerable amount of rubbish had been dumped.

The council has also confirmed that efforts will be made to identify those responsible with a view to prosecuting them.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A council spokesman confirmed: “Clare County Council is in the process of completing the removal of all waste that was illegally dumped in the vicinity of the Gort Road and the Rocky Road Roundabout in Ennis.”

“An investigation is underway in an effort to identify those who illegally deposited rubbish at the sites. Person(s) found to have carried out the dumping will be prosecuted accordingly under the Litter Pollution Act,” the council said.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.