This year’s IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey shows Limerick has risen from 36th to 17th place in the rankings out of 40 Irish towns surveyed. This is the highest ranking by Limerick city to date. Limerick is now considered ‘clean to European norms’ and has finished ahead of Cork, Galway and Dublin making us the cleanest major city in Ireland.
|O’Connell Avenue in Limerick – an proud example of our city at its best|
The work that has been done over recent years to improve the cleanliness of our city is seeing great rewards. Since the inception of Limerick Tidy Towns a number of years ago so much has been done to put great focus on how our city looks, feels and is perceived.
Our local authority’s environment department has formed very strong links with the Tidy Town team and have led the development of the annual Going for Gold Awards. Last year we saw the phenomenal community goodwill on Good Friday as the entire city and county came out to support the TLC Limerick initiative.
|Helen O’Donnell and the team of Tidy Towns volunteers|
The IBAL survey is conducted by An Taisce and monitors the level of litter in towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland as part of their Anti-Litter campaign.
An Taisce’s survey of Limerick found that considerable progress has been made by those who live in, visit and manage the City in terms of litter management. The organisation noted that the sites surveyed have improved greatly, as has the overall presentation and maintenance of the city.”
In its assessment of Limerick City’s performance in the latest IBAL survey, An Taisce said: “Some of the particularly well presented sites included John’s Square (Limerick’s Living Cultural Quarter), The Hunt Museum, Bishop’s Quay and Bank Place. Dock Road was also a top ranking site and was much fresher in appearance than a number of years ago. It wasn’t only the city centre sites which scored well – many of the approaches were also in good order. This is a marked improvement compared to several years ago.”
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.