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Rubbish dumping still a problem around the last remaining flats in Ballymun

They are set for demolition in June of this year.

RUBBISH DUMPING REMAINS a problem in Ballymun despite clean-up efforts from the local authority.

In a statement, Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly has expressed disappointment at the dumping in the area – especially as it had been cleared prior to the Christmas period.

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“It is a sad sight walking around the area on New Year’s Day and seeing rubbish literally dumped everywhere.  I arranged a number of clean ups before Christmas and the area was pretty clean come Christmas Eve,” she said.

In her statement, Councillor Reilly identified the remaining flats on Balbutcher Lane as being a “particular black spot” and that “the sooner the flats are demolished the better as they are only attracting anti-social behaviour and fly tipping”.

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The last remaining tower block is set to be demolished by the early summer. The flats are now empty with residents having been relocated to new houses and apartments.

In her statement Reilly praised the efforts of Dublin City Council – which was involved in a clean-up effort on New Year’s Day.

In response to a query from TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for Dublin City Council said:

The council has arranged for the area to be cleaned. Dublin City Council liaises with the local community to tackle illegal dumping in the area on an ongoing basis. We would appeal to people not to engage in any illegal dumping or littering.

A ‘Bring Centre’ was opened on Collins Avenue on 27 December – where members of the public are able to dispose of recyclable materials.

Read: Garda Ombudsman to investigate after young man who was in Garda custody died

Also: ‘You can’t even buy a pair of socks in Ballymun these days’

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