Longford woman given hefty illegal dumping fine

Liam Cosgrove

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Illegal dumping

A woman was hit with a €2,500 fine last week by Judge Seamus Hughes after being found guilty of illegal dumping.

A Longford woman has been fined €2,500 after she was found guilty of illegal dumping by Judge Seamus Hughes last week.

Pearl Power, of Shroid, Dublin Road, Longford, was prosecuted by Longford County Council under the Litter Pollution Act 1997 arising out of an incident at Cooleeny, Longford on September 5 last year.

Ms Power, who was not in court, had been issued with the summons after the names of two of her children were found in a large deluge of domestic waste at the aforementioned location, said senior executive engineer Bernard Shea.

He described the area concerned as a “notorious blackspot” for illegal dumping and told of how the Council had also issued a fine to Ms Power.

Solicitor for the Council Frank Gearty said the incident could have been far less taxing on the accused had the original €150 penalty been paid.

“She (Ms Power) could have come in and paid the €150 fine but she hasn’t done that.”

Mr Gearty said he had received an order from the local authority’s chief executive to proceed with the case, stating the maximum fine which could be handed down was a fine of €3,000.

He said the costs of taking the case had amounted to €179 in administrative costs, bringing the overall sum to €690.
Judge Hughes proceeded to fine Ms Power €2,500 and awarded costs of €690 against her.