He believes government grants could be used by the local authority to send a drone into the air to identify the culprits of illegal dumping. Last year, grant funding was used by Clare County Council for the deployment of mobile CCTV to deal with littering, with Flynn urging similar funding be obtained for drones.
“I am delighted that the funding was used for mobile CCTV and I understand they have been very successful. I would suggest that the council consider applying again this year and consider using drones, robotic flying cameras, that could be used to look out for fly-tipping,” he said.
“We have to come down very hard on these people. There are a million bags of rubbish unaccounted for in this county.”
Flynn said the devices are already being used on the continent for this purpose.
“This could be a very effective weapon to deal with these anti-social scoundrels. It would be an inexpensive and effective way to monitor this behavior,” he said.
He added that a tough stance needs to be taken on anybody found illegally dumping.
“Anybody involved in fly-tipping and serious and persistent anti-social behavior should have the benefits of living in an open and modern society restricted. For example, any person whose vehicle is found to be involved in fly-tipping should loose their driving license for 20 years,” he said.
The Clare Champion
The Flying Nun
THIS May, if you look to the sky, it is possible that you just might see the hand of God guiding one of his servants to ground as Presentation nun Sister Patricia Wall, 75, completes her sky dive.
The reasons for her taking such a brave step are close to her heart as she is hoping to raise €150,000 for the charity Aware along with a number of local projects she is involved with.
Sister Patricia, who turns 75 on Saturday, joined the Presentation Sisters in Thurles when she was 17. She traveled the world with her vocation, bringing her to places such as Zimbabwe and New Zealand.
In fact, it was while Sister Patricia was in New Zealand that she experienced a deep depression. She was in her late twenties and very far from home.
In those days, she said, “if you went that far away it usually meant you may not come back.”
However, she sought help from a doctor and through counseling along with a leave of absence from the convent, Sister Patricia returned to full health and was soon back in her habit and religious way of life.
Along with her own experience of depression, Sister Patricia has seen first hand how this illness can affect those living in rural Ireland and that is why she wants to help Aware.
She retired from teaching in 1997 and since then has been very much involved in a number of community projects around Tipperary.
Now with her strong fundraising committee in place, Sister Patricia can focus on preparing herself for the sky dive. She is fit and well as she has always been involved in sports.
When asked what prayer she will be saying as she jumps out she is unsure, but as they switch off the engine for a few minutes to capture the sound of the skydiver’s reaction, Sister Patricia is “hoping a prayer will come out!”