A local election candidate found more than he ‘banked on’ when he was informed about an illegal dumpsite on the outskirts of Letterkenny yesterday.
John Watson was shocked when he discovered old furniture, sofas and even toilets at the site at Bonagee.
But even more concerning to the Fianna Fail candidate was the discovery of personal banking documents belonging to a Co Wicklow bank account.
The account, which was only used last week, had more than €900 in its account.
The well-known businessman told Donegal Daily “Local man John Wilkie asked me to take a look at the dumping site as he was shocked and annoyed by it.
“I agreed and took a look and was disgusted by what I saw. But I was even more shocked when I saw the bank book which is based in a Co Wicklow branch.
“I’m not sure how it got there but I think a lot of questions have to be asked as to how it got amongst all this rubbish in the first place,” he said.
Mr Watson handed the banking documents over to the Environment Officer of Donegal County Council who is to investigate the illegal dumpsite.
Meanwhile Mr Watson is called on Donegal County Council to crack down hard on illegal dumping.
“This problem is becoming more and more prevalent in recent times, with many of our beauty spots blighted with rubbish,” he said.
He acknowledging that things are tight for many people at the moment but said dumping rubbish around our county is not the solution.
“Letterkenny Tidy Towns committee is doing amazing work and I feel the overall award is within their grasp. We all must do our bit, we must help stamp out this filthy practice,” he said.
He also expressed grave concern regarding the future relationship between Donegal County Council and Letterkenny Tidy Towns.
“The Town Council had an excellent relationship with the local Committee but now with the abolishing of the Town Council there will be a deficit in funding and supports available to all community groups and organisations,” he added.