We are cleaning up our act
At a ceremony in Dublin today, organised by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), the "cleanest town in Ireland" will be announced.
Not so many years ago, the phrase would have provoked cynical mockery. Now the concept is rightly taken as commonplace.
IBAL's annual report, published today, reveals that the generation-long struggle against litter continues to make progress. Almost three-quarters of all our towns are free of litter, and only two major urban areas -- the Dublin north inner city, and Knocknaheeny in Cork -- are considered black spots.