Last week, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Bruton, increased the national funding for measures to prevent and respond to illegal dumping from €2 million in 2018 to €3 million this year. Applications are open for this fund, which is supposed to focus on prevention, education, awareness, abatement and enforcement. However, €3 million is a tiny sum in the context of this massive problem. Most of it could be used just to address the very serious problem in the constituency of Dublin Bay North, which the Minster and I share.
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.