An individual who had illegally disposed of rubbish along a public road in Lombardstown has been issued with a €150 fine after a county councillor discovered a receipt in amongst the litter.
Fine Gael councillor John Paul O'Shea took to social media last week to share pictures of discarded fast food containers and packets of condiments strewn across a road in his locality.
"Some clown decided to buy himself/herself a feast, eat it in the car and dispose of the remaining contents along the public road without any regard for our countryside," he said
"It will give me the utmost of pleasure to pass these details onto Cork County Council Anti Litter Unit tomorrow who I hope will locate this clown and issue him/her with a whopper of a fine.
"If you were in Dinos on 30/08/20, and thought you'd get away with this, think again!
"Keep an eye out for the postman delivering the fine," Mr O'Shea continued.
Speaking to The Echo last week, Mr O'Shea said that the discovery of the receipt in amongst the discarded fast food containers would most likely enable litter wardens to discover the identity of the person.
"The receipt is traceable back to the location of where the person bought the takeaway.
"I passed it onto the litter warden this morning.
"I met them personally and passed over what I found.
"They were very quick off the mark and photographed everything," he said.
"They will go back to the shop and look at the CCTV."
Now, thanks to the efforts of Cork County Council's Anti Litter Unit, the person has been identified and issued with a €150 fine.
Mr O'Shea described it as the "best news of the week".
"This clown gets a €150 fine.
"Makes it a dear takeaway and proves that if you're prepared to litter, be prepared to be fined by Cork County Council," he said.
Mr O'Shea previously praised the work done by the Anti Litter Unit.
"We’re very lucky to have the services of county council’s Anti Litter Unit," he said.
Mr O'Shea said it is disheartening to think that people can act so selfishly in treating their environment this way.
"I’m just baffled that someone could go so far away for a takeaway and then eat it and then not take the remains of it home and dispose of it properly," he said.