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McDonald -more needs to be done to tackle Dublin's serious litter problem

10 May, 2004


Speaking following the publication of the Anti-Litter League 1st round results for 2004, Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald expressed her disappointment that once again Dublin faired very poorly in the League. Dublin City Centre was classed with having a 'serious litter problem' and Tallaght was described as a 'Litter blackspot'.

Ms McDonald said:

"It is very disappointing that once again Dublin City Centre is shown to have a serious litter problem. It clearly shows that current anti-litter and waste management strategies are not working in either the city centre or in outlying areas like Tallaght and Blanchardstown. Local authorities covering these areas need to re-evalutate their current strategies. They should be looking to other local authorities where successes have been achieved.

"It would seems to be anomolous that a Dublin town as big as Dun Laoghaire can be classed to 'Clean to European Norms' while only a couple of miles away the city centre is living up to the tag of Dirty Dublin. It's not acceptable.

"For a start we need to have much tougher enforcement of existing laws. We need to have local authorities and business', especially those in the fast food industry, working hand in hand to combat the problem. There also needs to be a focus on education and awareness programmes for both young and old alike."ENDS

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