Limerick cleans up in litter league standings

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Metropolitan mayor Jerry O'Dea
LIMERICK city has risen by 12 places in the annual Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) Anti-Litter League – and is considered ‘Clean to European Norms’.

LIMERICK city has risen by 12 places in the annual Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) Anti-Litter League – and is considered ‘Clean to European Norms’.

Released this morning, the anti-litter league survey carried out by Ibal in conjunction with An Taisce has seen Limerick ranked in 18th place out of 40 towns and cities surveyed. Thomondgate/Garryowen is also included in the count for the first time, in 30th place, and is also ‘Clean to European Norms’.

Metropolitan mayor Jerry O’Dea welcomed the results, saying it is a “feather in our cap”.

The Ibal inspectors – who visit unannounced – praised Limerick’s “lovely riverwalk” and a “big improvement” on the approach roads, frequently littered in previous surveys.

Top ranking sites in the city, Ibal said, included Cornmarket Row, Cruises Street, Catherine Street and Harvey’s Quay.

Some 17 of the 25 streets surveyed in the city and its approaches achieved the top grade A status, and no thoroughfare was marked lower than a grade C in the report.

Unfortunately, O’Connell Street could only achieve a grade B ranking, with the inspectors saying its footpath was “besmirched” with chewing gum.

”There appears to be a long-term build up of same which has not been addressed,” they added, “Unfortunately this was very much a feature of city centre streets”.

But there was praise for Arthur’s Quay Park which secured a grade A mark, having been marked down for litter in previous surveys.

Cllr O’Dea welcomed the overall result, saying: “I’m delighted. I would like to congratulate the council for the work they are doing, but also the public. There is a great sense of pride of place.”

Farranree in Cork is bottom of the league, while the winning town – Drogheda, Dun Laoghaire, Dungarvan, Kilkenny or Longford – will be announced later today