City cleans up its act as report finds O'Connell Street to be litter-free
Dublin continues to clean up its act when it comes to littering.
However, there are still problem locations in various parts of the city and country, according to the latest litter league.
Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire, Dungarvan, Longford and last year's winner, Kilkenny are all vying for the title of Ireland's cleanest town, to be revealed later today.
But only Farranree in Cork city was deemed "seriously littered" among the 40 towns and cities surveyed in 2015 by Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal).
The group's latest report revealed huge strides have been made in cleaning up some of our major urban areas.
The report cites improvements across several areas of Dublin.
"What sets Dun Laoghaire and other top ranking towns apart is not just the lack of litter but also the presentation and maintenance of sites.
Some of the very well-presented sites included Eden Recycle Facility, DLR Lexicon and Environs, and the approach routes from Salthill and Glasthule and George's Street Lower.
As regards Swords, the report reads: "The Main Street looked particularly well with abundant flower boxes/baskets adding a splash of colour. In many previous IBAL Anti-Litter surveys Swords Town Park was let down by alcohol-related litter - this time around there was none."
Special praise is also reserved for areas around the airport.
"There was a huge improvement at the Dublin Airport Environs sites.
"Given their visibility to visitors to Ireland, these roads need to be maintained to this standard all the time. The overall presentation of the roads surrounding Dublin Airport were much fresher in appearance."
Meanwhile, Dublin City has bounced back somewhat after a disappointing result in the previous survey.
"It was pleasing to note that O'Connell Street and Grafton Street were once again litter-free - Dublin City Council needs to ensure these key areas of the city are clean all year round," the report states.
"D'Olier Street and College Green were moderately littered, while St Mary's Place and Hendrick Lane were litter blackspots. A noticeable feature throughout Dublin City is the increased number of dog fouling notices."
Dublin's North Inner City is also said to have improved but more work is needed.
"The improvement earlier this year has been maintained, but the North Inner City remains well short of Clean to European Norms status.
"The number of heavily-littered sites has been reduced further, which is promising, with Gardiner Street Business Park and Rutland Street Lower the only litter blackspots.
"With more effort the many moderately littered sites could become litter-free," it adds.