Climate & Environment

Cleaning hazardous landfills to cost further €170m

Hundreds of sites yet to be remediated 15 years after the EU censured Ireland over illegal dumping

The Kerdiffstown landfill: the government spent €50m remediating the dump in Co Kildare

The state will have to pay another €170 million and spend another decade cleaning up hundreds of landfills, more than 15 years after the EU found the country guilty of flouting its waste disposal rules.

Some €191 million has now been spent on the state’s landfill remediation scheme since it was implemented in 2006, according to a government briefing note seen by this newspaper.

The note, prepared by the Department of the Environment for the ...