Hildegarde Naughton TD
Galway West – South Mayo Constituency
3rd October 2019
Galway needs increased funding to combat illegal dumping – Naughton
Fine Gael TD for Galway West – South Mayo, Hildegarde Naughton, has said that Galway needs an increase in funding under the Government’s Enforcement Measures Grant to combat illegal dumping in Galway City and County.
Deputy Naughton recently met with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, with other local representatives, to highlight the lack of funding available to Local Authorities in this area.
“Residents of both Galway City and County will be aware that there are many areas prone to illegal dumping and the difficulty this creates for local communities. Not only is the visual amenity destroyed but often there are associated health and safety concerns,” the local TD explained.
The Climate Committee Chairperson noted that while the Government doubled the funding available under the, separate, anti-dumping initiative to €3 million nationally this year, the problem remained.
“I have asked my colleague Minister Richard Bruton to urgently address this situation and increase the funding available to both Galway City and County Councils. Both Local Authorities do sterling work in this area with the funding available, but it is simply not enough. They need further resources as a matter of urgency,” Deputy Naughton noted.
“The present Enforcement Measures grant of €72,000 to Galway County Council and €50,000 to Galway City Council are far too small and based on outdated figures and methodologies. There is no way our Local Authorities can effectively mitigate against illegal dumping with such slender resources. Our Councils need to be resourced to prosecute people fly-tipping and our citizens need to be able to enjoy their local communities free from illegal dumping.”