40 tonnes of dumped waste collected by council

40 tonnes of dumped waste collected by council

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Clare County Council has completed clean ups of significant illegal dumping sites at Ballyblood Bog, Tulla; Donail, Killimer; and Islandavanna, Clarecastle.

More than 40 tonnes of illegally dumped waste were collected during the clean-ups were facilitated by national funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) supported by the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authority (WERLA).

Anne Haugh, Director, Physical Development, Clare County Council, said, “Clare County Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team secured funding this year to allow a number of significant clean ups to take place across the county. A number of illegal dump sites were prioritised by the enforcement team and additional monies were drawn down in recent weeks, bringing the total grant aid under the Anti-Dumping Initiative to €40,000.”

“There were a number of sites identified for action under the Anti-Dumping Initiative.   The recently cleared sites in Tulla, Clarecastle and Killimer are particularly notorious illegal dumping locations and covert CCTV cameras and signage have been installed to deter further illegal dumping”, said William Freney, Senior Executive Engineer, Environment Section.

“We would urge members of the public to contact the Environment Section should they witness any illegal dumping activity in their area. Our Enforcement Team will investigate reported cases and will take legal action where possible,” he added.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact the Environment Section of Clare County Council on 065 6846331 should they witness any illegal dumping activity in their area.

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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.

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