Cllr Cunningham Hits out at Tyre Dumping in Tullyallen

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has hit out at people who dumped a number of tyres in the picturesque village of Tullyallen last week.

Cllr Cunningham said “there were a number of tyres dumped near to the entrance of the Glen Emmett’s GFC pitch on the Boyne Road in Tullyallen. Due to the number of tyres dumped, the people responsible must have had a van or a trailer.”

“These people have shown how little regard they have for this community or the environment in which we live. It is not good enough to think you can come into Tullyallen or indeed any village and dump whatever you want and expect someone else to clean up after you and to pay for the privilege. How dare they think that is ok.”

Cllr Cunningham also praised Louth County Council workers who “cleared these tyres away in a timely way. It’s not fair to expect council workers to have to do this but I appreciate that they did. While these workers were doing this, they could have been better employed doing other council work and it is us, the taxpayers, who are footing the bill for these dirty dumpers.”

Cllr Cunningham is determined not to allow this “scourge to continue in Louth” as there has been a number of incidents in the north of the county over the past twelve months. “I am asking that anyone who was in Tullyallen last Thursday or Friday and who seen anything suspicious around the Glen Emmett’s GFC, or seen a vehicle carrying tyres pulling in to please get in touch with Louth County Council or myself. Someone may have caught something on their dashcams or may be aware of who did this. This must not be allowed to continue or escalate.”

 

Cllr Antoin Watters Incensed by ‘Dirty Dumpers’

Hundreds of tyres were dumped

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has hit out at what he describes as ‘dirty dumpers’ following the latest incident of illegal dumping of tyres, this time along the main stretch of motorway just before Junction 20 north of Dundalk, at the old customs weigh bridge.

Cllr Watters said “I got a call early on Saturday morning to say there was a pile of tyres dumped along the side of the motorway. I went to see for myself and to be honest was expecting maybe half a dozen or so and was hoping they would be easily spotted because of the rain. I had no trouble finding them. There was a massive load of hundreds of tyres blatantly dumped on the side of the motorway road.”

Cllr Watters who has been faced with this issue in his area on multiple occasions since

Cllr Antóin Watters

the new year said “to say I was incensed is an understatement. I was speechless. It is like Groundhog Day but this time they didn’t even bother to hide up a mountain road, they pulled up along a busy motorway and they had to have had a truck of some kind.”

“With a heavy heart I contacted Gardaí, the Council and Motorway Maintenance. Somebody must have seen something. I am asking everyone to please try and recall if you were driving along that stretch of the motorway last night if you saw a lorry or truck pulled in. Please check your dashcams, you never know, maybe you were driving behind a truck last night carrying tyres. I have asked Gardaí to check any CCTV along that route, be it from businesses or the motorway itself.”

Last month Councillor Watters had a motion before the Council calling for Cross Border co-operation with Newry, Mourne and Down Council on this very issue. “These people are using the border to their advantage and that needs to be addressed. We need a cross border joined up solution to this cross border problem.”

Tyres dumped along the busy motorway

Next month, Councillor Watters has a further motion on waste disposal to initiate a billboard/advertising campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of using non-licensed waste collectors. “The dumping of heavy duty waste has become rampant in this part of the county and I believe it is from the same small number of criminals, and that is what they are.”

Cllr Watters warned “this issue will be resolved, I am not letting the beautiful part of north Louth become a rubbish tip and Cllr Mickey Larkin in Slieve Gullion is fighting the same battle on his side of the border. It’s time for investment into this problem before it’s too late. It’s not good enough to spend money cleaning up after these dumpers, we need to take a pro-active approach to this and stop citing economics as a reason to do little or nothing.”

“In the meantime, if anyone has any information or has seen anything no matter how insignificant you may think it is, please contact Dundalk Gardaí on 042 93 88 400”

The tyres were set alight (Pic courtesy of LMFM)

 

UPDATE: On Saturday night/Sunday morning, the tyres were set alight and fire crews were called. They managed to control the blaze and were able to prevent it from spreading.

Cllr Antóin Watters: A Despicable Act by Despicable People

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has described a second incident of tyre dumping at Edentubber as a ‘despicable act carried out by despicable people’.

Cllr Watters who visited the site on Sunday said “tyre dumping is threatening to spiral out of control.”

Following on from the dumping of tyres over the Christmas period in Edentubber there has now been another spate of dumping over the weekend.

Cllr Watters said “I visited the site again on Sunday and there has been another load of tyres dumped. Last week at the Dundalk Municipal District meeting I raised the issue of the tyre dumping and requested extra boulders to be placed to stop the perpetrators been able to access the site so easily. This needs to be done as a matter of urgency now.”

“This situation needs to be addressed immediately with a cross community and agency approach to tackle this. In the meantime I would appeal for the community to be vigilant and report anything they see that is suspicious.”