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Royal Canal litter blitz in Operation clean-up

VOLUNTEERS are undertaking a clean-up along a stretch of the Royal Canal in Dublin today.

The two-hour litter-busting blitz gets under way at Cross Guns Bridge on the Phibsboro Road with people of all ages prepared to give their time and energy enhancing the canal bank walk in both directions.

The clean-up has been organised by the Dublin City North Volunteer Centre.

A spokesperson said: "Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland are both active in maintaining this amenity, but their resources cannot keep pace with the accumulation of litter.

"Our aim is to get a group of concerned citizens together to tidy up the space once a month by collecting litter."

Among the volunteers will be local Fianna Fail councillor Mary Fitzpatrick.

"I live close to the canal. When my three children need punishment, I bring them out to pick up some cans and litter along the canal," she said.

"The volunteer clean-up is a wonderful way to enable people to take pride and ownership of such a beautiful amenity.

"It's important that people in cities reclaim their public spaces. It is vital that we value these spaces," she said.

Today's clean-up starts with a meeting of volunteers at the Cross Guns Bridge at 11am.

Gloves, bags and litter-picker tools are all being provided for the volunteers.

Dublin City North Volunteer Centre's mission is "to help people find meaningful opportunities to volunteer".

The centre offers a free volunteer matching service to any individual or group looking to volunteer in the region.

To get in touch, call 722622 or email info@volunteerdublin citynorth.ie.