Anger at dumping “disgrace”

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A run-down derelict house in Buncrana is being used as a “dumping ground.” The property at Ardaravan is now being described as a “health hazard.”

Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin took this picture of the waste discarded inside the house and said those responsible were “a disgrace.”

He said: “I’d been told about this by a concerned local and went up to see for myself. The smell was absolutely awful. It was so bad, I had to take the picture in through the window.

“There seems to be all types of rubbish dumped in there.

“There are at least five or six black bags and many broken bottles. Whoever did this is a disgrace. It’s absolutely not on.”

Colr McLaughlin said a number of tyres had been dumped near the property a few weeks ago. He also claimed the rubbish would attract rats.

“There are a number of houses and a housing estate close to this property,” he said.

“Children also play near there and I worry it’s creating a health hazard. I don’t know who owns the property, but they might not even be aware of it.

“But, the house itself needs to be demolished. I would ask whoever is responsible for this to stop right now.”

Colr McLaughlin said the dumping was undermining the work of the local Tidy Towns Committee, who “work so hard.”

“I would also ask that locals in the area keep an eye out for this. This has to stop,” said Colr McLaughlin.

The incident follows recent dumping in areas such as Sliabh Sneacht and Esky Bay, Malin Head. Donegal County Council said it was actively pursuing these issues.

A spokesperson for Buncrana Town Council said the matter at the derelict house was under investigation and the council was currently investigating what can be done in relation to it and to ensure it does not happen again.

It is understood that as the issue is environmental, it is under the remit of Donegal County Council. Donegal County Council has been made aware of it.