Ballard Bog dumping ‘unacceptable’

dumping in Ballard Bog is becoming a serious issue for turf cutters.

dumping in Ballard Bog is becoming a serious issue for turf cutters.

Last week saw waste from renovation works being dumped in the bog. In an attempt to destroy some of the waste, it had been set on fire.

Tullamore Councillor Brendan Killeavy visited the site of the latest dumping with local resident Tom McGowan.

“I was alerted about this issue by local residents and turf cutters who are fed up of illegal dumping in the area.

“The latest dumping included waste from renovation works been carried out on a house. I contacted the local litter warden who was very quick to respond and call to the bog,” said Cllr Killeavy.

He said on this occasion names have been found in the amongst the rubbish and Offaly County Council are following a definite line of enquiry.

“Fortunately three letters with names were found unharmed under some lino flooring and it is hoped this will lead to a prosecution,” said Cllr Killeavy.

He said these bogs are a place for many people to come and cut their turf for the winter and also for walkers and cyclists to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air. “It is unacceptable that some people continue to dump in these areas they have no respect for our pride in our countryside. It is time for the powers that be to take a tough stance against these people.”