Paid someone €100 to take rubbish away
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.