NewsPoliticsSecuritySpy in the sky to sniff out wayward ownersBy Bernie English – March 1, 2019 1054 Email WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleLISTEN: Treaty Talk EP56 as Matt & Raff preview the weekend GAA actionNext articleFears that university town could take focus from city Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Kieran O’Hanlon, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian Reinhardt‘BIG Brother’ Style surveillance could be used to catch and prosecute dog-owners who let their canines poo and run.Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) wants the council drones already deployed over the city to focus on dog dropping offenders.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The government-funded drones have been deployed on counties where dumping is a major problem and can detect fly-tippers in the most remote locations.Limerick is one of 18 areas to use the drones to monitor illegal dumping, unauthorised development and to assist the emergency services.The city east councillor believes there could be even more bang for the government’s buck if the flying spies could also nab people who don’t pick up after their dogs.“It’s disgraceful and a terrible hazard to people in wheelchairs, children and people pushing buggies. I think it would be a great idea to use these drones to catch the dog owners who don’t clean up the mess”.The difficulties involved in finding and prosecuting offending dog owners has long been a bitter pill for the local authority to swallow.The drones can cover vast areas and can access places where it might be difficult or dangerous for council staff to go.The funding for the drones is provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.So far, the department has made €2.3 million available to councils across the country to try to combat illegal dumping in their areas.More than 5,000 tonnes of waste has been removed under projects funded by the initiative. Advertisement Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspoliticssecurity Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?