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City councils get €600k to battle litter and graffiti

THE four Dublin local authorities have been awarded almost €600,000 to help to keep the capital's streets clean and litter free.

It was announced earlier this week that an additional €850,000 has been made available to local authorities from the Department of the Environment to assist them in their war on graffiti and litter.

This comes in addition to the announcement last week of the €2.975m Public Area Enhancement Scheme.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin local governments will receive a total of €138,050 to €330,050 each as part of the anti-litter and anti-graffiti scheme and €105,050 each as part of the Public Area Enhancement scheme.

Dublin city bosses are set to be awarded for the anti-graffiti and anti-litter action plan, and will receive €66,040.

The city centre bosses are also set to receive €171,040 for public enhancement.

The department said that the latest financial bursaries are intended to assist the local authorities in the "improvement, clean-up and upkeep" of their areas for the coming year.

The schemes are also intended to cover a broad range of measures, including "raising public awareness of the litter issue", as well as "promoting anti-litter and anti-graffiti".

"There is a particular focus on voluntary initiatives involving schools, young people and community groups," a department spokesperson continued.

Rural counties like Longford and Leitrim were awarded the smallest portions of the anti-litter and anti-graffiti fund, receiving just €17,700 each.

AWARENESS

While Waterford city was awarded the highest sum outside of the capital towards their anti-litter and anti-graffiti efforts, receiving €38,350.

The public area enhancement scheme has a total of three different sums paid out, at €70,000, €90,000 and €150,000.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan said that the funding was to assist efforts to "raise awareness of the litter issue within their area, and to encourage local participation".

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