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Statement from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in response to Prime Time Investigates Programme

​In response to tonight's Prime Time Investigates programme on illegal dumping, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has said that a number of enforcement actions have already been initiated and that all of the cases and issues raised in the Prime Time Investigates programme are currently under investigation or are closed cases.


As the programme highlighted, enforcement action against illegal waste operators, including the unauthorised collection of waste and illegal dumping, is led by Local Authorities and the Environmental Protection Agency. Increased funding and supports for Local Authorities for enforcement action have been significantly increased in recent years. The establishment of regional Waste Enforcement Lead Authorities and significant multi-agency intelligence led operations across the regions, targeting rogue operators, are paying dividends.​


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