Labour Local representative for Clondalkin-Rathcoole Chris O'Dwyer has backed the campaign by Senator Mark Wall to change the law so CCTV can be used by local authorities to tackle illegal dumping.
The practice of illegal dumping continues to damage natural environments throughout the country and councils must be empowered to address this harmful behaviour.
Local Representative for Clondalkin-Rathcoole Chris O'Dwyer said:
“Illegal dumping is a scourge throughout the country, last year the majority of the queries I dealt with were in relation to continuing incidents of illegal dumping across North Clondalkin, Bawnoge, Rathcoole and Saggart, this is causing untold damage to our environment and eating into the budgets of Local Authorities. There are many community groups who continue to volunteer to protect their local area by cleaning up illegally dumped waste - such as the members of Clondalkin Tidy Town. Illegal dumping can potentially cause severe problems for those in the more rural areas of the area, such as Brittas, and parts of Saggart and Newcastle, including preventing flood waters from draining effectively, and local authorities must be empowered to address this.
“One tool long used by local authorities as an effective deterrent is CCTV. Despite this, it would seem that question marks are being raised around the use of CCTV by our local authorities due to data protection concerns. The Labour Party has asked the Minister to investigate this, and our Senator Mark Wall has also prepared a new draft law that would address these concerns around data protection and GPDR. Councils have to be authorised by law to allow the processing of personal data such as the gathering and using of images of identifiable individuals by CCTV to use as evidence in the prosecution of dumping cases “The reality is, being able to identify the culprits through the use of CCTV is a deterrent to this behaviour. Some local authorities are now reporting 40 to 50 incidents of illegal dumping each week, many of these are at locations which have just recently been cleaned at a cost to us all.
“Cleaning up illegal dumping is costings councils millions that could instead be invested in public services and amenities like our parks.
“The Minister needs to take a common sense approach to this problem, and a balance between privacy and the common good must be struck. Illegal dumping is a serious issue and a blight on our countryside. Senator Mark Wall and I will be hosting an online public meeting to discuss the issue of illegal dumping in Clondalkin-Rathcoole and I will be introducing a further remedy to combat illegal dumping in the area"