• Cattle have died in fields in East Mayo after consuming plastic that is blown into fields from illegal dumping in rural areas, while the problem of fly tipping in woods, bogs, and rural areas is a complete blight on the landscape, according to Charlestown based Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor raised his concerns about indiscriminate dumping , describing the practice as “getting out of control” since Christmas in some areas, at the monthly meeting of Claremorris Municipal District.

    He acknowledged that the council has made a number of successful prosecutions against persons for illegal dumping, nonetheless, he argued significantly more resources now need to be assigned to containing the problem.

    He described two major problems – littering along the sides of roads from cars, and then the more premeditated discarding of bags of rubbish in rural areas.

    Councillor Murray spoke to Midwest News about his concerns today and said the issue will come before a full meeting of Mayo county Council.

  • The price of plastic shopping bags is set to increase.


    The plan will see a three cents increase to plastic bags to 25 cents, while larger reusable bags could jump from 70 cents to 95 cents.


    According to the Sunday Independent, the environment minister hopes the new charges will encourage big supermarkets to offer customers non-plastic options.


    Richard Bruton also wants to bring in new charges on disposable cups, plates and cutlery.


    He will bring a memo to cabinet on the plans this week.