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Residents hit out at 'disgusting' illegal dumping in Dolphin's Barn

“Some people just put rubbish on the street because they know the council will come and take it away.”

RESIDENTS IN DOLPHIN’S Barn in Dublin city have expressed their annoyance at an ongoing dumping problem in the area.

Niall Spollen told illegal dumping has been a problem throughout the four years he has lived in Dolphin’s Barn.

Spollen complained to a number of public representatives about the issue on Saturday after a build-up of rubbish on the street.

IMG_2840 Source: Niall Spollen

IMG_2841 Source: Niall Spollen

IMG_2837 Source: Niall Spollen

“One of the people I emailed was on the ball and got on to the council, it was cleared away shortly afterwards,” Spollen said.

However, he said more rubbish was dumped in the same spot later that day.

Spollen said he is aware of at least one person who has moved out of the area because of the problem, calling it “disgusting” and “a health hazard”.

IMG_1598 Source: Niall Spollen

IMG_1575 Source: Niall Spollen

“Some people just put rubbish on the street because they know the council will come and take it away, they can’t just turn a blind eye and leave it there. People should be fined,” he said.

Spollen said he has previously questioned people about why they dump rubbish on the street, with the usual response being, ‘Everyone else is doing it’.

Enforcement action 

In a statement to, Dublin City Council said it did receive a report of illegal dumping in Dolphin’s Barn at the weekend.

“The dumping has been removed and enforcement action is being taken under the Litter Pollution Act.

“CCTV is in use for the purposes of enforcement in areas that suffer from occurrences of illegal dumping such as this. Enforcement officers are also investigating compliance with the requirements of waste bye laws,” the statement said.

Spollen said he expects the issue to be raised at an upcoming council meeting as he has raised it with local representatives.

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