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Kilkenny Retains Title as Ireland's Cleanest

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Monday, 6th January 2014

Kilkenny retains title as Ireland’s cleanest

  • Concern that changes in structure of local government may impact on litter

Kilkenny is once again Ireland’s cleanest town. The announcement was made at the Finale of the 2013 Anti-Litter League by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. It marks the first time a town or city has retained the title since the IBAL programme began in 2002.

Kilkenny pipped Cavan – a previous winner and consistently one of our cleanest towns – and Tramore, who finished in 2nd and 3rd position respectively in the ranking of 42 towns and cities.

An Taisce, who conduct the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented in their report: “A great result for Kilkenny – all ten sites got the top litter grade. Great care has been taken with the streetscape along High Street and surveyor noted a significant improvement at the parking by Dunnes Stores … All aspects of the train station were in very good condition, with the interior in pristine condition, and the Recycle Facility off Nuncio Road was in good order. The N11 approach from Dublin was an excellent route into Kilkenny, creating a very positive first impression of the town – this very high standard was maintained for all of the sites surveyed.”

Congratulating Kilkenny Borough Council, Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chairman of IBAL, said Kilkenny’s standing as a major tourist attraction in Ireland made it an appropriate winner of the IBAL initiative, which is geared to supporting tourism in Ireland. “As a busy city, with lots of visitors throughout the year, Kilkenny faces certain challenges in keeping clean all the time. Winning this award for the second year shows they have really found the right formula. Well done to all.”

“IBAL has consistently commented on Tramore’s wonderful beach being spoilt by litter and it’s great to see this has been turned around in the past 12 months.”

Addressing local authority representatives, Dr Cavanagh expressed concern at the possible impact of the impending abolition of town councils on litter in our towns. “What makes one town cleaner than another? Typically it is the commitment of the local council to ensuring the local streets are clean every day of the year. It becomes a source of pride to both the council and the townsfolk. That is at the heart of the success of the IBAL league. When responsibility is removed outside the confines of the town, there is a danger that this commitment lessens. The Government needs to ensure that the tremendous strides made in recent years are not jeopardised by the proposed changes in the structure of local authorities.”

ENDS

For further information contact Conor Horgan on 086 8217211 or 086 387 4217, cmjhorgan@gmail.com

or Ronan Cavanagh ronan@cavanaghcommunications.ie

Editors note:

Set up in 1996, Irish Business Against Litter is an alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity - notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment - is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment.

As part of the IBAL Anti-Litter League, An Taisce monitors towns of population 6,000 and over, independently and in accordance with international grading standards. The programme is run in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Visit www.ibal.ie for further information.

2013 IBAL ANTI LITTER LEAGUE SURVEY: FINAL RESULTS
RankingTown/CityClassification
1KilkennyCleaner than European Norms
2CavanCleaner than European Norms
3TramoreCleaner than European Norms
4ClonmelCleaner than European Norms
5Waterford CityCleaner than European Norms
6WexfordCleaner than European Norms
7KillarneyCleaner than European Norms
8TullamoreCleaner than European Norms
9TraleeCleaner than European Norms
10LongfordCleaner than European Norms
T11LetterkennyCleaner than European Norms
T11FermoyCleaner than European Norms
13SligoCleaner than European Norms
14RoscommonCleaner than European Norms
15NewbridgeCleaner than European Norms
16BrayCleaner than European Norms
17Dun LaoghaireCleaner than European Norms
T18SwordsCleaner than European Norms
T18NaasCleaner than European Norms
20Shandon/BlackpoolClean to European Norms
21LeixlipClean to European Norms
22AthloneClean to European Norms
23MaynoothClean to European Norms
24Dublin CityClean to European Norms
25LimerickClean to European Norms
26DroghedaClean to European Norms
27BallinaClean to European Norms
T28CarlowClean to European Norms
T28Galway CityClean to European Norms
T28DundalkClean to European Norms
31MidletonClean to European Norms
32NavanClean to European Norms
33EnnisClean to European Norms
34MonaghanClean to European Norms
35Cork CityClean to European Norms
36TallaghtModerately littered
37Dublin Airport EnvironsModerately littered
38MullingarModerately littered
39TipperaryModerately littered
40PortlaoiseModerately littered
41CastlebarLittered
 
(no town in this category)Seriously littered
42Dublin Inner City (North)Litter Blackspot
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