None of the applications for a rural CCTV funding scheme, including one from Kildare, have been approved by the Department of Justice.
The €1 million per year scheme was announced in April and given more money last month
The fund, which allocates a maximum of €40,000 per project, is intended to allow communities to install CCTV in 'at risk areas'.
The application lodged by Kildare County Council was at the behest of Independent Cllr Sorcha O'Neill and was for funding for roving cameras to be be utilized around the county
Labour TD Alan Kelly says the application process needs to be re-evaluated.
The reason for the refusal of the Kildare applications included:
*Not enough community groups were involved such as the Probation Service.
*Grant request was not site specific
Cllr. O'Neill says "We asked for roving cameras, as a static camera will most likely just move the offender's somewhere else. However, we stated at least five hot spots which are regularly hit with people dumping rubbish illegally."
"I thought it was very unfair to refuse on those grounds. How many community groups are enough? Fly tipping isn't static and it's not reasonable to ask for static cameras on every street and road in the country.
As it turns out, no one in the country got funding from this initiative so far. I've lost count the number of times I have requested CCTV and always been told there are no funds. This grant would have gone a long way to deter crime as well as illegal dumping but it seems as if we have been fobbed off. We will go for it again next year with hopefully a better outcome. "