Litter has reared its ugly head as a huge problem facing Ireland once more. Two years ago, 15% more Irish towns were up to the European cleanliness norm, showing that our hold on litter has slipped.
The problem appears to be more to do with illegal dumping than actual hand-thrown litter this year.
However, the good news is there were no litter black-spots listed in the study, which was undertaken by the Irish Business Against Litter group (IBAL).
An Taisce carried out the assessment on 40 towns and cities on behalf of IBAL, and Galvone in Limerick was identified as the most-littered area. Dublin’s north inner city and Farranree in Cork came behind Galvone as two other spots that were ‘seriously littered’.
Longford town was last year’s tidiest town of those surveyed, and it has slipped to 15th place in 2016. The current cleanest town will be announced this afternoon, so we’ll keep you updated.
Conor Horgan is the IBAL spokesperson, and he told RTÉ that it was a ‘disappointing deterioration’ to see tourist hotspots like Dublin’s Temple Bar in such dire straits regarding litter. He also added that more ‘under the radar spots’ like Galvone were surveyed to put pressure on local authorities to solve the litter issue.