457 fixed penalty notices for illegal dumping issued

By Maurice Garvey

OVER 450 fixed penalty notices for illegal dumping and littering have been issued in South Dublin County this year.

The figures by South Dublin County Council cover January to August 31.

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Independent Councillor Francis Timmons asked SDCC for a report on fines issued for litter and illegal dumping.

In response, SDCC said 457 FPN’s have been issued to date, and that the total number of notices issued is 112.

The total number of FPN’s paid in full up to the end of August is 204 – however, some full payments received in 2018 refer to fines issued in 2017.

The total number of FPN’s issued to date in 2018, and not paid, is 257 – these cases may be referred to the District Court. 

According to SDCC, in such circumstances, collection of any fine imposed by the court becomes a matter for the court to collect, and is subsequently recouped to the council.

SDCC also said the figures do not reflect the level of surveillance and enforcement activity undertaken to date, with over  2,749 reports of littering/illegal dumping being investigated for evidence.

Any incidents of illegal dumping reported or detected in any area is investigated to determine if there is any incriminating evidence, and thereafter reported to SDCC’s public realm crew for removal.

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