A woman is throwing something in a litter bin at the park

Litter fines rise

Litter fines in Cork city have increased by over 100 per cent in recent months compared to last year, with many still unpaid.

The most recent figures released by Cork City Council show there were 87 litter fines issued in the city this September, compared to 37 in the same month last year. Of the 87, 52 have been paid so far with eight of the unpaid fines having been prosecuted in court. All eight prosecutions were won.

The figures were issued at a Joint Policing Committee meeting on Monday where City Hall’s Chief Executive Ann Doherty expressed her gratitude to local committees and tidy towns groups.

“Where we do have people that breach litter management, there lies an opportunity to take them through a process which does finally end up in the courts if they don't pay their appropriate fines,” she said.