Kerry councillor says law change needed to name and shame litter louts

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A Kerry councillor says the government needs to change the law so councils can name and shame litter louts.

A circular from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in 2010 states that for data protection reasons it’s not possible to name and shame people.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Niall Kelleher says the council has now written to the Department clarifying if this is still the case.

He says if Minister Leo Varadkar can change the law to name welfare cheats, then Kerry County Council should be able to name and shame litter louts.

Meanwhile Cllr Niall Kelleher says another layer of bureaucracy has been added into the Leader funding application system.

Kerry Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae also raised the issue in the Dáil yesterday.

Cllr Kelleher says no Leader funds have come to Kerry under the current scheme, and there are 50 community projects awaiting money; he’s blaming Pobal for the hold up.