Call for litter fine to be increased by 400%

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A 400% increase in litter fines in South Dublin County Council has been proposed by Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF).
He has said the council’s bye-law fixes the penalty at €75 for any individual caught littering, which he feels is too small.
“I think this is too little, and I am calling for an increase in this figure by 400%, to €300, for those who deliberately flout the law,” said Cllr Gilligan.
“Residents of Clondalkin have pulled together to make Clondalkin a cleaner place.
“Between residents’ associations, Clondalkin Tidy Towns, [committees] within individual estates, local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and youth groups, there has been a major push to make Clondalkin cleaner,” he said.
Cllr Gilligan also believes that people who litter undermine the efforts of volunteers who “work extremely hard” to keep their area of residence litter-free.
He said: “Far too often, residents who volunteer and work extremely hard to provide a cleaner environment for all have their efforts undermined by people who feel that it is okay to discard their rubbish, be it a drinks can or a cigarette butt.
“If we want this type of behaviour to stop, we have to have harsh penalties,” said Cllr Gilligan
In response to Cllr Gilligan’s proposal, a council statement said: “Although the [bye-law] fine for littering stands at €75, the litter legislation implements an on-the-spot fine of €150.
“If littering fines go unpaid and the individual chooses to ignore the penalty against them, they may be subjected to a fine of up to €3,000.”
At present, local authorities are responsible for implementing the litter laws.
They are accountable for the prevention and control of litter and have the power to take enforcement action against people who break or ignore these laws.
Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150, or a maximum fine of €3,000 for those convicted of a litter offence in the District Court.

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