LIMERICK City and County Councils are to get a share in almost €1m of government funding in order to campaign against graffiti vandalism.
Local Government Minister Phil Hogan has announced that the money will come out of the Environment Fund, which will go towards raising public awareness about the litter issue, and promoting anti-litter and anti-graffiti activity at local levels.
Fine Gael county councillor Leo Walsh, who chairs the environment strategic policy committee, welcomed the injection.
“I recently publicly expressed my concerns that Limerick County Council had to spend €800,000 last year to tackle illegal dumping,” he said, “This money sanctioned by the Minister will enable local authorities to provide support for a broad range of measures aimed at raising public awareness of the litter issue and promoting anti-litter and anti-graffiti activity at local level.”
Cllr Walsh also welcomed the focus on voluntary initiatives.
This will most likely see City and County Council target schools, young people and community groups under the scheme.
Limerick City has long had problems with graffiti vandalism, which the Leader has highlighted on an ongoing basis.
The funding approved by the government, it is hoped will improve this situation substantially by rasing awareness in various communities across the city and its environs.