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Disappointment expressed as Tallaght is rated litter black-spot

25 August, 2010


Sinn Féin Councillor for Dublin Southwest Seán Crowe has expressed his disappointment at Tallaght’s rating as a litter black-spot in the recent IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey.

Councillor Crowe said litter is a multi-faceted problem related to the lack of funding from central government, anti-social behaviour and the public service staffing moratorium.

Cllr Crowe gave one such example of a litter blacks-pot in the Tallaght area after he was called out to view the state of the GAA pitches in Kilnamanagh this week. Broken bottles, cans and plastic are strewn about by local gangs drinking and loitering on the football pitches which are then used by the local GAA club and residents walking their dogs.

Councillor Crowe said:

“It’s an absolute disgrace that a public amenity used by so many Kilnamanagh Residents can be damaged in this way by a small number of youths. I would question how it is that any Kilnamanagh resident he spoke to were able to say exactly where and when the gangs gathered and yet the Gardaí were not patrolling the area and moving them along, especially since the area in question is in close proximity to the road.

“I do not think it a coincidence that the number of gangs hanging around Tallaght has increased as the numbers of probation officers has been reduced due to the public service staffing moratorium.

“South Dublin County Council, whose staff is then expected to clean and maintain public areas, are finding it increasingly difficult to do this job due to the lack of funding from central government.

“If the government honestly expects Local Authorities and other Public Services to do their roles then the government has got to address the issue of how these services are funded.

“While the IBAL surveys are worthwhile in that they draw attention to the problem of littering, the problem itself can not be resolved without adequate finance and education.” ENDS

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