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Monday 20 May 2019

Bid to make Malahide concerts plastic-free

Mumford and Sons are one of the big acts headlining this year at the summer series of concerts at Malahide Castle
Mumford and Sons are one of the big acts headlining this year at the summer series of concerts at Malahide Castle

Fingal County Council has committed to entering into discussions with promoters and operators of all future concerts in Malahide Demesne in an effort to eliminate the sale of single use plastic bottles at these events.

A motion put forward by councillors also requested that the local authority ensure that free water filling stations be provided for concert goers at Malahide Demesne.

Speaking at a recent meeting of Howth/Malahide Area committee, Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said that the issue was brought to his attention by a local resident.

'In this day and age', he said, 'something we're trying to do is to eradicate the use of plastics.'

'Whatever happens this year, happens', he said, but for 'future years' the Council should 'strive to get rid of them.'

Supporting the motion, Cllr Darragh O'Brien (FF), said that all events should be included, and that the policy should also include any buildings tendered out to private operators.

Cllr O'Brien mentioned the new café at Newbridge House, which he said used only compostable cups.

Council official Caroline Power, responding to Cllr Lavin and Cllr O'Brien, confirmed that the local authority would be 'working on every green initiative that we can' in the area of recycling, and that the council would enter into discussions with promoters and operators of concert events.

Ms Power also confirmed that in 2018, promoters provided free water filling stations for patrons, and would continue to do so for all 2019 concerts happening at the venue, this summer.

Seven major concerts are lined up for Malahide Castle and Demesne this summer.

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