Friday 30 September 2016

Revealed: Ireland's cleanest town... and its one remaining 'seriously littered' spot

Published 04/01/2016 | 13:59

Main Street, Longford town (Photo: Google Maps)
Main Street, Longford town (Photo: Google Maps)

Ireland’s cleanest town has been revealed as Longford.

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The town beat Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire, Dungarvan and Kilkenny for the number one title following a survey of 40 towns across the country.

Irish Business Against Litter declared no litter blackspots in the year of 2015, and categorised just Farranree in Cork city as being seriously littered.

Dublin’s Grafton Street and O’Connell Street were given the thumbs-up as being ‘clean’, while Dublin Airport was recorded as ‘spotless’. 

The group's latest report revealed huge strides have been made in cleaning up some of our major urban areas.

Even Farranree is no longer dubbed a blackspot - and Dublin's North Inner City also shedded its 'seriously littered' tag.

Cork, Limerick, and Galway, were all described as 'clean', with Waterford judged to be above average European standards. However, while three quarters of the urban areas surveyed were found to have met European norms, there was an overall fall of 15pc in the standard achieved compared to 2014.

Likewise, the number of towns deemed cleaner than the European average fell from 17 to 12.

Conor Horgan of Ibal said after a decade of year-on-year improvement, it is disappointing to see standards in some areas begin to slip.

"We may be witnessing the effect of the disappearance of town councils - or we may be getting slightly complacent- about our overall litter problem," he warned.

The survey, carried out by An Taisce on behalf of Ibal, showed a site at Gardiner Street Business Park, and Lower Rutland Street, were the only major litter blackspots in Dublin's North Inner City.

It said that, with more effort, many moderately littered sites could become litter-free.

Referencing Farranree in Co Cork, it found this location has been subjected to either dumping or long-term neglect, and sometimes a "mixture of both".

"Despite the publicity which the area has received on foot of previous poor results, we haven't seen enough improvement in Farranree," said Mr Horgan.

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