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A cross border anti dumping project has been approved at a recent Memorandum of Understanding Joint Committee Meeting between Newry, Mourne and Down Council and Louth County Council.

The project should see increased collaboration between all relevant bodies and organisations within the two jurisdictions, to ensure the best outcome for the environment and local communities.

Cllr Antóin Watters, Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú & David Loughran pictured with tyres dumped along the border.
Cllr Antóin Watters, Cllr Micky Larkin, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú & David Loughran pictured with tyres dumped along the border.

Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Micky Larkin and Louth Councillor Antóin Watters submitted motions to their respective councils last July emphasising the need for co-operation and a cross border approach to tackle illegal dumping with a reported increase in the dumping of toxic materials like tyres and building rubble.

Cllr Larkin welcomed the project saying, “This is what we have been advocating for and working towards. Rural areas are the prime target for dumping in areas such as Slieve Gullion and Turf Mountain, Edentubber. The Slieve Gullion area has the highest level of fly-tippingin the North and Cooley and North Louth has possible the highest level in the South. This project will enable these areas to be monitored and the information shared between all relevant bodies.”

Cllr Watters said “this is a massive step at reducing illegal dumping in our areas and we are delighted to see a concrete action plan being put in place. The action plan will include joint clean-up operations, awareness campaigns, GDPR Data Sharing Agreement, preventative measures, joint surveillance operations and the installation of smart enforcement technologies in dumping hot-spots. Be under no illusion, it is you and I as the tax payer who are picking up the tab for these criminals who have no regard for our countryside. Well that money is now going to be invested in being pro-active in stopping this activity rather than reactionary and cleaning up after them.”

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