Dublin City Council’s Finance committee will examine this week if an increase in the number of ‘authorised officers’ might help reduce breaches of bye-laws drafted by the City’s council. The proposal was put forward by Fianna Fáil City Councillor Paul McAuliffe who succeeded in persuading the City Manager to examine the issue further.
‘Currently the council does not have the resources to police many of the bye-laws it creates and despite the hard work of some official’s the city has seen increases in illegal dumping, illegal signage on traffic poles, litter blackspots and dog fouling.’ said McAuliffe
‘We literally have a handful of people in the council who enforce our bye-laws and they just can’t cover the whole city. I believe that an increase in the number of officers could help tackle some of these issues.
Every week I receive reports about illegal signs on traffic poles or properties which have turned into litter blackspots. Obviously we don’t have the resources to employ a bye-law police force but I believe there are other more creative ways we can authorise people to issue fines, without employing them as full time employees.
We need to look to the massive network of community groups in the city or to other agencies like An Post who have a large number of people on the ground to see if we can fund the expansion OF authorised officers through less traditional ways.
We first need to examine if an increase in fines will result in a corresponding increase in income to pay for these officers. The process for enforcing fines through the court and receiving payments has proved costly and ineffective. However if we can find a method of issuing on-the-spot fines which results in reducing many of the offences which detract from our public domain, that’s worth examining.’ said the Glasnevin based Councillor