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CCTV cameras in rural Clare can tackle ‘calculated’ nappy dumping

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CALLS have been made to Clare County Council to install temporary CCTV cameras in Meelick and Cratloe to help identify those responsible for dumping waste in the area.

While numerous towns and villages are celebrating Tidy Towns success, Councillor Cathal Crowe has highlighted the murky practice of illegal dumping in rural Clare.
Couches, bags of nappies and baby equipment have been dumped at Woodcock Hill, a well-known scenic area of South East Clare.
Cllr Crowe commented that the waste disposal was most likely the result of a planned operation.

Dumping at Woodcock Hill
Photo Credit: Krzysztof Luszczki

“This dumping has been very calculated. I imagine that the perpetrators would have had to use a large van or trailer to fit in all of the items,” Cllr Crowe said.
“There is the possibility that a homeowner or landlord paid somebody to dispose of the waste and have no idea that they are now strewn across the heather and gorse of Woodcock Hill,” he added.
The top of the Woodcock Hill forms part of the parish boundaries of Meelick and Cratloe. The winding roads that run across the mountain are very popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists from both Clare and Limerick.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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