A Fine Gael local election candidate in Glencullen Sandyford has called for harsher on the spot fines and more bins to crack down on Dublin’s litter problem.
Pierce Dargan, a first-time candidate for Fine Gael and founder of equine software business Equine MediRecord, has publicly called on the government to increase the on the spot fine for littering, which currently stands at €150.
Dublin was named alongside Dundalk and Limerick City as the most littered place in Ireland in the Irish Business Against Litter announcement at the beginning of the year.
Close to seven tonnes of illegal waste as removed from the Dublin and Wicklow Uplands over a three-day period at the beginning of 2024, following the Christmas and New Year period.
“We need more bins across Dublin. Previously the policy was not to put bins in residential areas as there were worries that domestic waste would be put in them,” said Mr Dargan.
“However the new public bins being installed by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county council are able to prevent such problems.
“It can still take years to get approval for installations of new bins, especially in new estates which are being built all over Glencullen Sandyford.
“There needs to be a swift increase in the amount of bins throughout Dublin and a reduction in the time it takes to get them approved to be installed by the council.”
Picture Minister Neale Richmond, Pierce Dargan, Riley Dargan and John Healy in Belarmine during a community clean up this past bank holiday weekend
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