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Balbriggan make top ten in IBAL survey of Ireland’s cleanest towns

Fingal County Council is delighted to announce that Dublin Airport Environs and Balbriggan were among the top ten cleanest towns in the business group Irish Business Against Litter’s (IBAL) 2017 survey. Both were classified as being ‘Cleaner than European Norms, the highest category that can be achieved.

The Dublin Airport Environs came fourth, improving by five places as it came ninth in the overall 2016 report. This is still a significant improvement as the area was classified as a ‘Litter Blackspot’ when first surveyed five years ago.

Meanwhile, Balbriggan was ranked the tenth cleanest town in Ireland. It was also categorised as ‘Cleaner than European Norms’, a fantastic achievement for the area in its first year of being included in the survey.

Welcoming the IBAL report, Fingal County Council’s Acting Director of Operations David Storey said: “The Fingal Operations Department is committed to keeping the town and villages in Fingal clean. The improvements seen in the 2017 IBAL report highlight the important role of local authorities and communities in driving the desire to reduce litter and keep our county tidy.”

The report was carried out on behalf of IBAL by An Taisce which surveyed 40 towns. The report saw an improvement in towns classified as ‘Clean’ with 88% compared to 70% in 2016. Overall, 40% were judged to be ‘Cleaner that the European Norm’.

Fingal County Council’s Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “In Fingal, we have a very pro-active Operations Department who work closely with community groups across the county to keep towns clean, making them a better place for people to live, work, visit and do business in. I’m delighted to see these efforts highlighted in the 2017 IBAL Survey.”

The report found that the nine of the ten areas in the Dublin Airport Environs were a Grade A standard. The surveyors noted that the area as a whole was ‘virtually spotless’ and that “not only were the routes very fresh in appearance but the overall impression was of a consistently well-presented series of roads.”

Of the ten areas in Balbriggan inspected, eight were found to be Grade A standard. The surveyors also noted that “great care has been taken with the overall presentation of many sites.”

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley said: “The relationship between Fingal County Council and local groups has been essential in driving the progress seen in the 2017 IBAL survey. I am extremely proud of Balbriggan and the local volunteer groups and would also like to thank them for their efforts. The progress made is amazing, particularly as it is their first year being surveyed.”

Ennis in County Clare was announced as Ireland’s cleanest town by Minister Denis Naughton at the ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin today, Wednesday 3 January. As a measure of the importance which business places on a litter-free environment, a specially commissioned public sculpture worth up to €40,000 will be erected in Ennis.

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