Today in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan raised a Topical Issues Debate on the urgent need to address and end the very serious illegal dumping in densely populated residential northside areas of Dublin city. Deputy Broughan has written directly to Dublin City Council on the matter many times, including, most recently, to Mr Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of DCC. Also, earlier this week, Deputy Broughan visited the site in question himself.
Deputy Broughan has been receiving complaints from constituents in relation to littering and alleged illegal dumping at some locations, including green areas, in densely populated residential areas of Dublin Bay North for some time now. He has contacted the waste management department of Dublin City Council numerous times regarding this problem and it has yet to be rectified. Residents are deeply upset about the situation and want it addressed as it has been ongoing for years now but is particularly bad in some locations in the North Fringe.
Deputy Broughan has regularly visited one very badly littered location and earlier this week, he was shocked to see the City Park in question badly littered and a mountain of earth (with rubbish behind it) steadily moving towards his constituents in the neighbouring residential areas. Deputy Broughan explained what he has seen to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, and asked him to visit the site himself, especially given that he is also now a public representative for the area in question.
Deputy Broughan says “The Minister will just tell us of the €3 million 2019 Anti-Dumping Initiative which was announced recently to help communities tackle illegal dumping and fly-tipping. The 50% increase in funding in this area is of course welcome but the need for such an increase and sites, like the one in my own constituency of Dublin Bay North, shows the scale of the problem. This is a direct result of the privatisation of an essential service such as waste collection and has been worsening for a number of years now. Local Authority responses have been lacklustre at best and this is now a public health concern. Immediate clearing of dump areas must take place and then anti-dumping measures installed.”