Paid some­one €100 to take rub­bish away

Bray People - - NEWS -

A RATH­DRUM woman who paid some­one €100 to take away her rub­bish was be­fore Wicklow District Court re­cently.

Rachel Ga­han (26), 1 Bal­ly­gan­non Woods, Union Lane, Rath­drum was charged with the trans­fer con­trol of waste at her ad­dress on April 13, 2012.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and En­vi­ron­men­tal Of­fi­cer with Wicklow County Coun­cil, Michael Lane, said the coun­cil re­ceived a report of fly tip­ping from a mem­ber of the pub­lic and on ar­rival at the iso­lated area on the moun­tains above Aughrim found 30 bags of domestic waste.

The bags were searched and ev­i­dence from the Ga­han fam­ily was found which Ga­han took re­spon­si­bil­ity for.

In an in­ter­view on April 30 she ac­cepted it was her waste and that she had paid some peo­ple €100 to dis­pose of it with­out ask­ing for a per­mit or iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ga­han said she had be­tween 15 and 20 bags of rub­bish in her garden hav­ing re­cently moved house and two men called and of­fered to dis­pose of it.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion from Ga­han’s so­lic­i­tor Paddy McNiece Mr. Lane agreed no­body was sug­gest­ing Ga­han dumped the waste her­self but said ‘ her fault lies in the fact she never checked for a waste per­mit or li­cence’.

The court heard the clean up cost was €750 which Mr. McNiece said Ga­han was will­ing to pay.

Mr. McNiece said Ga­han is the mother of one and is cur­rently heav­ily preg­nant.

Judge David Kennedy said ‘it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery house­owner to en­sure their refuse is taken away by a rep­utable per­son and not dumped in a beau­ti­ful area’.

He fined Ga­han €250 and or­dered her to pay costs of €750.

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