It's not just tourists that deserve clean streets
In any league, there must be losers as well as winners. Readers reviewing the IBAL Anti Litter League survey will naturally look to the bottom of the rankings as much as the top.
They will see a 'littered' Dublin city and rightly bemoan the fact that the first impression most visitors are getting of Ireland is of a capital that is less than clean. It is especially disappointing, because our main tourist towns, notably table-topping Killarney, are cleaner than ever.
However, the most positive findings of the latest survey are also found towards the foot of the league. For the first time, no town or city is deemed a 'litter blackspot' or 'heavily littered'.