Govt must fast-track legislation to allow for CCTV to deal with illegal dumping

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East Galway TD Sean Canney has urged the Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan to speed up legislation to allow local authorities to use CCTV in detecting and prosecuting illegal dumping.

In reply to a Parliamentary Question, the Minister confirmed that legislation is being drafted presently and the pre-legislative scrutiny process is well advanced.

The Galway TD also received confirmation that the Bill will include the use of a broad range of Audio Visual Recording (AVR) equipment in order to assist local authorities in their efforts to combat litter and illegal dumping.

“I have urged the Minister to fast track the legislation as litter and illegal dumping are a scourge on our landscape,” said Deputy Canney.

“The cost of cleaning up litter and illegally dumped waste is enormous, and a severe crackdown is required.

“Local Authorities have been hampered in their efforts over a number of years following a ruling by the Data Protection Commissioner.”