Council urged to use new technology to tackle social issues

Calls are being made for Local authorities to be able to use the latest technology in the fight against anti-social behaviour, illegal dumping and dog fouling.

It’s being reported today that Council officials will soon be able to use drone-mounted cameras to identify illegal dumpers.

A new code of practice is being drafted to allow city and county councils use a range of recording equipment including, CCTV, body cams and drones to clamp down on illegal dumping.

It is hoped the technology will be in use before the end of the year.

The process between the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) the Department of the Environment, the Department of Housing, the Department of Justice and the Data Protection Commission.

Sligo Drumcliff Councillor Donal Gilroy says the needs to address these issues far out-weighs concerns around GDPR.