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Litter and dumping — My DubInq Voter Guide answers

I’m sharing my responses from the Dublin Inquirer Voter Guide here on my website under different themes.

What would you do to help make the city feel less dirty, tackling the rubbish and dog poo all over the streets?

Littering and illegal dumping is a disgusting blight on our city and is contributing to the unpleasant and unwelcome feeling of some of our streets and laneways. Legislation has been enacted by the Oireachtas this year to give Dublin City Council CCTV powers to tackle illegal dumping. If elected, I will make it a priority to ensure that Dublin City Council rolls out much-needed camera enforcement at blackspots to deter illegal dumping and to identify and prosecute those responsible.

Ultimately, I would like to see large underground bins for shared use by local residents as seen in many other European countries as opposed to individual wheelie bins, bin bags on footpaths etc.

There must be a large increase in the number of wardens employed to enforce laws against littering and dumping of domestic waste, dog poo etc. This role does not need to be limited to litter but could include enforcement of bylaws in parks, issuing fines for illegal parking as well as identifying and reporting broken footpaths and streetlights, overflowing bins, abandoned cars etc. on the job. These would be community wardens with a strong visible presence in local areas to ensure the city provides a clean and friendly atmosphere to all its residents and visitors.