Hundreds of waste tyres illegally dumped at border roadside

August 6, 2018

Information is being sought from the public to help identify those behind the illegal dumping of hundreds of waste tyres along a pedestrian walkway, close to the roadside off the motorway at Carrickarnon last weekend.

The discovery of the huge pile of tyres on the Ravensdale Towpath, the entrance of which is located south of the border, close to the former Customs weighbridge at Junction 20, was made early on Saturday last.

Louth County Councillor Antóin Watters visited the scene and hit out at those responsible, pointing out that the illegal dumping of waste tyres has occurred in the area “on multiple occasions” this year.

“There was a massive load of hundreds of tyres blatantly dumped on the side of the motorway road.  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.”

Having contacted the Gardaí, Louth County Council and Motorway Maintenance, the councillor called on anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

“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 Friday night [27th July] 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 placed a motion before Louth County Council calling for cross border co-operation with Newry, Mourne and Down Council on the issue of illegal dumping of waste tyres.

 “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,” he said.  “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.” 

Promising that the issue “will be resolved”, Councillor Watters revealed how his Sinn Fein party colleague in the north, Councillor Mickey Larkin, is also working to address the issue.

“Councillor 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,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Dundalk Gardaí on 042 93 88 400.