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Beware illegal dumpers Minister Naughten allocates additional funding to crackdown on illegal dumping

May 28th 2017


Due to unprecedented demand the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten is providing extra funds to local authorities to crackdown on illegal dumping. 


Minister Naughten launched a major anti-illegal dumping initiative (ADI) in March 2017 and encouraged all local authorities and communities across the country to avail of a €650,000 allocation for the Scheme.  The use of covert surveillance and smart technology including aerial imagery from drones and satellites as well as the installation of CCTV cameras and better enforcement and prosecution actions formed part of the new crackdown by Minister Naughten.  


Due to the phenomenal response from local authorities and communities across the country to the initial call for applications Minister Naughten is now providing extra funding to support a second phase of the initiative this year with immediate effect.


"The battle is well and truly on to catch and prosecute those who are committing environmental and economic treason by dumping waste illegally across our countryside, roads and rivers," commented Minister Naughten. "Our communities are standing as one to say enough. Our river-ways, mountainsides, towns and villages are to be used no longer as the dumping grounds for those amongst us who have no respect for their environment or their neighbours."


"I have doubled the initial allocation of €650,000 to support a new round of applications with total funding now standing at €1.3 million to clean-up dumping black-spots and to target those responsible using SMART technology including drone surveillance," added Minister Naughten. 


"I am honouring the commitment that I made when launching this programme in March to find the extra funds should they be required to support more strategic, community led anti-dumping projects provided that the applications submitted were of the requisite quality in terms of remediating problem areas and developing effective deterrents."


85 projects have been approved for funding, under the first phase of the ADI, from every county in the State, out of a total of 111 applications. Successful applications have included projects that will equip authorities with the latest enforcement technologies including overt and covert surveillance equipment and drone technology to target dumpers.


A range of clean-up and restorative projects led by community, environmental and sporting groups have also been approved.


Noting the range of ADI programmes being funded the Minister said: "The light lifting the shadow that dumpers have cast across our country can be seen in the nature of the projects which have already been approved for funding and where work is underway - from the Girley Bog Loop in Meath, to the Suck Valley in Roscommon; the Short Mountain in Kerry to Gardeners Hill in Balbriggan. People joined by pride in place and respect for their environment have come together to reclaim their streets, woodlands, bridges and parks and to put in place the measures that will catch and punish those responsible for blighting them with filth." 


Further information on the 2017 anti-dumping initiative is available from the Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities and from the Environment Section of each local authority.




Note for Editors - List of Projects Approved for Funding under Phase I of the 2017 Anti-Dumping Initiative.


Under Phase I of the 2017 Anti-Dumping Initiative, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment made available €650,000 for projects tackling illegal dumping, including the provision of support for monitoring and surveillance of dumping blackspots. The Waste Enforcement Regional Lead Authorities evaluated proposals and have allocated funding to local authorities for the projects set out below.


 Local Authority: CarlowAllocation: 22,494.80
  • Old Leighlin Dumping Project
  • St Killians Crescent Clean Up
  • Other Measures: CCTV and signage
 Local Authority: CavanAllocation:22,750
  • Kilcogy Clean-up
  • Cavan Town- Clean-up
  • Ballyhaise- Clean-up
  • Ballyconnell- Clean-up
 Local Authority: ClareAllocation: 20,000
  • An improved Rocky Road for Ennis Project
 Local Authority: Cork CityAllocation: 7,500
  • Orchard Court Clean-up Project
 Local Authority: Cork CountyAllocation:17,988.15
  • Ballincollie Road- Clean-up     
  • Bantry Bay Shoreline Clean Up
  • Blackstone Bridge-  Clean-up     
  • Blackwater Community Clean Up 
  • Carrigduff Mallow – Clean Up  
  • Courtstown Little Island-  Clean-up     
  • Glengarriff Community Clean-up
  • Rathcooney & district- Clean-up
  • Rathpeacon Area- Clean-up   
  • Other measures:   "A local Solution to A local Problem"- anti dumping campaign

 Local Authority: Dublin City CouncilAllocation:20,000
  • Combating Illegal Dumping and promoting responsible waste disposal campaign in the Dorset Street area of Dublin 1 and 7
  • Other measures: Clean up and control using CCTV and Awareness campaign
 Local Authority: DonegalAllocation:22,750
  • Inishowen – Aghaglason Gleneely 4 sites- Clean-up
  • Glenties – Glasagh Brinaleck- Clean-up
  • Stranolar – Trusk Lough Bog Road- Clean-up
  • Letterkenny – Ards Big- Clean-up
  • Donegal-Kilcar 2 sites- Clean-up
 Local Authority: Dun Laoghaire RathdownAllocation:10,000
  • Anti-Dumping Initiative for Dunedin Park
  • Other measures: CCTV, awareness campaign
 Local Authority: FingalAllocation:20,000
  • Remediation, Enforcement and Prevention of illegal dumping in Gardeners Hill, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
  • Other measures: CCTV, community awareness programme, installation of lighting.
 Local Authority: GalwayAllocation:22,750
  • Polleeny, Barna
  • Station Road, Gort
  • Other measures: CCTV, signage.
 Local Authority: Galway CityAllocation:20,889
  • Clean Up of Ballybane Area
 Local Authority: KerryAllocation:23,000
  • Derra Bog
  • Ballinagare Bog
  • Short Mountain
  • Derrymore Beach
  • Bawnaglanna
  • Woodline
  • Killarney National Park
  • Reenacallee
  • Other measures- covert surveillance, media campaign, signage, purchase of trail camerss.
 Local Authority: KildareAllocation:20,000
  • "Clean and Green" Roseberry.
  • Other measures: Drone Survey, awareness including App development for SAC, removal of invasive species


 Local Authority: KilkennyAllocation:22,598
  • Kilkenny City- Clean up
  • Goresbridge- Clean up
  • Other measures:  Establishing A Zero Tolerance Attitude to Illegal Dumping in Kilkenny campaign
 Local Authority: LaoisAllocation:20,000
  • Derrybeg Bog,
  • Windsor Bog,
  • Lower Forest Bog Mountmellik
  • Everyone deserves a second chance – Bring Bank Initiative at Portlaoise County Hall – Moutrath, Ballinakill, Newtown Doonane
  • Other measures: Mobile CCTV, Signage, Development of App for Litter Wardens, Media Campaign, Access barriers
 Local Authority: LeitrimAllocation:22,756
  • Corneen Bog, Mohill- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Faulties Bridge Area, Dromod- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Hartley Area, Carrick on Shannon- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • St John's Lough, Ballinamore- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Gulladoo Lake, Carrigallen- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Edenville, Kinlough- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Glenanniff- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Manorhamilton- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Mill Race River, Drumshanbo- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Sea Road, Tullaghan- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Rossy Area and Kiltubrid- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Drumcong- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Owenbeg River, Manorhamilton- Adopt a Road/Bring Bank Group
  • Other measures: Media and on-line anti-dumping campaign

 Local Authority: Limerick City &CountyAllocation:25,000
  • Donnellan's Field, Limerick City
  • Johnsgate Village/Walls of Limerick
  • Crossagalla Industrial Estate, Ballysimon Road, Limerick City
  • Old Quarry, Fedamore
  • Roche's Road, Rathkeale
 Local Authority: LongfordAllocation:20,000
  • Ardnacassagh Anti-Dumping Initiative
  • Other measures: CCTV, installation of lighting
 Local Authority: LouthAllocation:24,739.50
  • Anti-Littering/Dumping Initiative Junction 14 & Dundalk 2017
  • Waste removal at Kieran's Bridge, Philipstown, Hackballscross, Dundalk, Co Louth
  • Other measures: CCTV, Signage
 Local Authority: MayoAllocation:20,390
  • Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk- Clean up
  • Clean Up of Ballyglass Looped Walks
 Local Authority: MeathAllocation:20,000
  • Girley Bog Loop walk – anti-dumping and anti-dog fouling initiative
  • River Broadmeadow Community Clean-Up
  • Bridge of the Boyne (Broadbridge) Enhancement Project
  • Other measure: CCTV, installation of barriers, awareness programme
 Local Authority: MonaghanAllocation: 22,750
  • Muyllaghmatt/Killygoan- Clean up
  • Bree/Ard na Lorgan- Clean up
  • Latton- Clean up
  • Other measures: Fencing, Awareness, Signage CCTV Equipment
 Local Authority: OffalyAllocation:20,000
  • Toberdaly Townland- Clean-up & CCTV
  • Boora- Clean-up & CCTV
  • Curralanty- Clean-up & CCTV
  • Derrycarney- Clean-up & CCTV
  • Springfield Road, Meelaghans, Tulamore- Clean-up & CCTV
  • The Derries- Clean-up & CCTV
 Local Authority: RoscommonAllocation:22,750
  • Salmon Lake to Kilnacarrow Bridge Nature Trail (Ballyleague)- Clean-up
  • Clean Ups with Probation Services
  • The Oaks- Major Clean Up
  • Frenchpark-  Major Clean Up
  • Cuilagh- Major Clean Up
  • Scramoge- Major Clean Up
  • Suck Valley Way & Kilteevan Bog
  • Other measures: CCTV installation & Signage
 Local Authority: SligoAllocation:22,750
  • Tullycusheen Bog- Clean up
  • Glencarraig Estate- Clean up
  • Clooncoose Bog- Clean up
  • Holy Well Road- Clean up
  • Other measures: Awareness campaign 
 Local Authority: South DublinAllocation:20,000
  • Rossfield Housing Estate-Clean up
  • Sean Walsh Park Recycling banks- Clean up
  • Piperstown Road- Clean up
  • Other measures: provision of footpaths as appropriate, illegal Dumping Signage
 Local Authority: Tipperary CountyAllocation:25,000
  • Carrick River-Walkway- Clean up
  • River user community led clean-up programme for the River Suir
  • Nenagh River Walk-Way- Clean up
 Local Authority: Waterford CountyAllocation:20,000
  • Airport Road and Tramore Backstrand- Clean up
  • Boola - Comeragh Mountains- Clean up
  • Colligan Woods- Clean up
  • Waterford City- IBAL Initiative
  • Dungarvan Bay- Clean up
  • Lismore Towers & Riverwalk- Clean up
  • Lower Reaches,  River Blackwater- Clean up
  • Mahon Falls - Comeragh Mountains- Clean up
  • Portlaw Woods- Clean up
 Local Authority: WestmeathAllocation:20,000
  • Cleanup of public laneway at the rear of Catherdral View
  • Promote Community Involvement in Abbeylands & Ashfield Estates
  • Other measures: CCTV, Awareness Programme
 Local Authority: WexfordAllocation:24,886
  • Project Spota Dubh – Kilnahue Lane – Gorey
  • Project Spota Dubh – Railway Platform Bridgetown
  • Project Spota Dubh – Ross Rd BB Enniscorthy
  • Project Spota Dubh – Spout Rd. Clonroche
  • Project Spota Dubh – Wood Rd. Bunclody
Local Authority: WicklowAllocation:20,000 
  • Newtownmountkennedy Springfield Park Regeneration
  • Kiltegan and District Anti-Dumping Initiative
  • Other measures: Landscaping, Installation of Barriers

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