Maynooth is ‘Cleanest Town’

Maynooth is the cleanest town in Ireland, according to the latest survey from business group Irish Business Against Litter.

The Kildare “University Town” came top out of 40 towns and cities, with Dublin's North Inner City at the bottom of the table.

An Taisce, which carried out the surveys on behalf of IBAL, said Maynooth had achieved a level of cleanliness in 2023 which saw its university campus described as “spotless” and Main Street achieving “an excellent result for a busy shopping environment”.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, IBAL's Conor Horgan said they found “very little litter” during both of their visits to the town.

While litter levels rose slightly overall, over 60% of towns surveyed were deemed clean in 2023 and no towns were “seriously littered”, according to Mr Horgan.

Waterford edged out Galway as the cleanest city, with Cork city centre showing improvement to “moderately littered”, but Dublin fell to “littered” status, alongside Limerick. Dublin North Inner City was in last place on the table, but its “littered” status was an improvement on previous years.

The survey found “monumental levels of dumping” on Mallow Street in Limerick, while a vacant site on William Street was described as “an eye-sore, right in the heart of the city”.

One of the surprise findings of the survey was the rise in coffee cup litter, which was found at over 30% of the more than 500 sites surveyed. There was also another significant rise in the prevalence of disposable vapes, which were found in more than 10% of all sites surveyed.