Fermoy is the cleanest town in Ireland, with Waterford taking the crown for the country’s most litter-free city, according to an annual survey by An Taisce
Irish Business Against Litter has warned that disadvantaged areas continue to appear at the bottom of its league table on an annual basis.
This year, IBAL found 10 towns and cities are littered, moderately littered, or seriously littered when compared to European norms.
Ballymun in Dublin, Mahon and the Northside of Cork City (Littered), Ballybane in Galway, and Dublin’s North Inner City (Seriously Littered), were the five worst offenders.
“Three years ago we deliberately shone a spotlight on specific city areas in the hope that the attention would spur councils and communities into action,” Conor Horgan of IBAL said.
It is fair to say we have seen no noticeable improvement in any of these areas — nor have we seen much by way of substantial measures to turn them around,” he said.
Inspectors ranked Dublin’s North Inner City as the worst of the 40 participating locations, and found litter blackspots on Oriel Street, Dunne Street, Sherrard Street Lr and Railway Street.
Ballymun’s showing in 36th position was a result of dumping and burnt items at the former Towers and recycling facility at the Shopping Centre.