DIESEL LAUNDERING BLIGHT RETURNS TO THE BORDER

17 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Reports that illegal fuel laundering activity had returned to blight Co Monaghan and the wider Border region prompted the members of Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee on Tuesday to petition Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael Mc- Grath TD for action. The crime – which produces a virulent waste by-product that costs local authorities considerable sums to deal with – had appeared relatively quiescent in recent times, but Tuesday’s JPC meeting in Monaghan Town’s Garage Theatre was informed that 2021 had seen an increase in the number of diesel laundering incidents in the county, with 23 separate incidents of the dumping of laundering waste to date. Monaghan Co Council Director of Services Cathal Flynn said the figure represented a doubling of incidents when compared to recent years, with 12 cases reported in both 2019 and 2020.

“The cost incurred by Monaghan Co Council to date in 2021 to deal with the laundering waste material dumping is approximately €100,000 and Environmental Services has prepared a claim to the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications to recoup these costs,” Mr Flynn reported. “Since 2003, records show that Monaghan Co Council has dealt with 618 incidents of diesel wash dumping, primarily in the south-east of the county. Total cost to date since 2003 is €3.4 million, which has been fully recouped through national funding allocations from the Department.” The Director of Services remarked that €3.4 million was a significant sum of money that could have been spent by the local authority on roads, community development…

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