TIDY Towns committees all over Fingal have received a public pat on the back from a local TD who has hailed their achievements in the national competition this year.Deputy Brendan Ryan TD (Lab) said: 'I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the Tidy Towns committees and activists throughout Fingal who achieved so much in the recent Tidy Towns awards presented in Dublin City University. 'Skerries, Malahide, Donabate and Balbriggan all received awards from the Tidy Towns Committee.' The Labour TD said: 'Congratulations to Skerries which was awarded the Regional Prize for Dublin. ' This is a wonderful achievement and thoroughly deserved by the Skerries Tidy Towns Committee which also received a national award worth an extra €1,000 to mark their achievements.' He added: 'Congratulations should also be passed to the Donabate Tidy Towns Committee for gaining a Highly Commended Award for sustainable development. 'Malahide continued its strong performance in Tidy Towns competitions with a gold medal award of its own in the G Category. 'Lusk Tidy Towns Committee was commended for their efforts in the past year. It has been a very good year for Fingal in the Tidy Towns competition and I congratulate all the committee members and volunteers who dedicate so much time and energy to making the towns of Fingal such pleasant places to live in and visit.'