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Poll: Should illegal rubbish dumpers be 'named and shamed'?

Dublin City Council hopes to be able to name and shame people who dump rubbish illegally – but it requires a change of law.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is to approach the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to see if the law can be amended to enable it to ‘name and shame’ people who dump rubbish illegally.

Councillor Cieran Perry told TheJournal.ie that the council is to write to the Minister to ask for a change in legislation, as currently it is not possible to publish the names of people who are fined for illegal dumping, due to the Data Protection Act.

The council has recently set up a task force to try and find a solution to the levels of illegal dumping in Dublin’s North Inner City area, and announced earlier this week that it is to temporarily suspend street cleaning in a number of ‘blackspots’.

While some may welcome the ‘naming and shaming’, others could question how effective it is – or if it is appropriate to publish people’s names, due to privacy reasons.

Do you think illegal rubbish dumpers should be ‘named and shamed’?

Poll Results:

No (2601)
Yes (2185)
I'm not sure (111)

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