Spokesman for Ballaghaderreen Town Team and current chairman of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Micheál Frain, has slammed those responsible for the dumping of refuse bags into the River Lung recently.
“I’m lost for words to be honest. The River Lung is an area steeped in fishing and history and to see rubbish bags flung over the bridge just beggars belief.
“To think that Roscommon County Council had an amnesty recently on rubbish too and this is just one of a number of incidents. For example, at ‘The Plots’ area recently a number of mattresses were dumped. That incident is being investigated by the Gardaí and the litter warden and they are following a definite line of enquiry.
“As for the incident at Aughalustia Bridge, that will cause safety problems in terms of getting to the rubbish. I also believe that the wildlife has ripped open bags and that makes the clean-up even more difficult.
“I can only hope that the perpetrators are caught and that severest sanctions possible are issued. A message needs to be sent to these people,” he said.
Mr. Frain said the incident was “a disgrace” especially considering the fact that the River Lung was part of the Beara Breifne Way, a walk which was being developed by stakeholders such as Leader and Roscommon County Council in attempts to boost local tourism.