3 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Four-hundred bags of rubbish dumped by the general public were collected off the Castleblayney by-pass (between Castleblayney and Clontibret) on Sunday, May 14th, according to Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District Co-ordinator Frances Matthews’ report, which was read aloud at last week’s meeting by Leas Cathaoirleach Aidan Campbell.
Cllr. Campbell, who lives in Castleblayney, condemned the act of littering, but wished to compliment all of the fourteen community groups who took part in the clean up, assisted by Garda Pat Merrick and Environmental Officer with Monaghan County Council Nial O’Connor.
Sinn Féin representative Noel Keelan reiterated comments that a zero tolerance approach was needed. However, he saluted the local authority for its great work.
His Castleblayney-based colleague Jackie Crowe said: “It’s unbelievable, 400 bags of rubbish. I wonder at people dumping on the road, no-one is ever caught on it. This is a crime. Congratulations to Nial and all the people who took part in the clean up.”
Pádraig McNally also complimented all the community groups involved in the clean up who gathered the 400 bags.
The Fianna Fáil representative said that the matter had been discussed by Monaghan County Council’s Environmental Strategic Policy Committee, with a view to a public awareness programme being created.
He was disappointed that they couldn’t name and shame, adding that there was one excellent photograph of someone being caught in the act, throwing rubbish out of of a car. He said that he would love to see it published with the slogan “This could be you.”
The public representative looked forward to the roll out of more mobile litter cameras.
He also suggested that the litter pick should take place a month earlier, because grass had grown over some of the dumping by mid-May, to the point that pickers may not see it.
The by-pass was closed for half a morning while the litter pick took place.

Comments are closed.