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Monday 22 September 2014

Dublin is no longer the one and only 'dirty old town'

Emma Jane Hade

Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30

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High angle view of Dublin with the Dublin spire in the background
High angle view of Dublin with the Dublin spire in the background
The capital isn't the only dirty old town around
The capital isn't the only dirty old town around

THE capital isn't the only dirty old town around, as a part of the 'people's republic' has also been deemed a "litter blackspot".

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The results of a new survey reveal that Dublin's north inner city and Farranree in Cork city are the country's "litter blackspots". Meanwhile, Tallaght, in south Dublin, was also found to be "littered".

While three-quarters of the 40 areas covered in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) study were deemed to be as clean or cleaner than our European counterparts, nine were found to be "moderately littered".

Urban areas remained littered, as Cork and Limerick completed the final six on the list. Maynooth, Tipperary, Carlow and Drogheda were also at the bottom of the pile.

Eighteen towns were said to be cleaner than "European norms", and Kilkenny, Cavan, Killarney, Longford and Tramore completed the top five on the list.

Waterford fell seven places to 10 from last year's study, but the roads surrounding Dublin Airport were found to have improved and were deemed to be cleaner than European standards.

The report from An Taisce noted the "disappointing slip in performance in Dublin City", and cited Talbot Street, Amiens Street, Kilmainham and areas near the Guinness Storehouse as littered.

Conor Horgan from IBAL said that the results show the "gap in cleanliness" between towns and cities is "as wide as ever". But he added: "We can now claim to be among the cleaner countries in Europe. That is real progress from where we were 10 years ago," he said.

Irish Independent

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