The latest survey from Irish Business Against Litter has revealed that there is one region in Ireland considered to be a litter blackspot. Ballymun in north county Dublin received one of the worst results since the survey began. Dublin's north inner city was also categorised as 'seriously littered'. Three regions - Cork City Mahon, Cork Northside and Limerick City South Galvone - were deemed to be 'littered'
The examiner noted it was "especially disappointing that sites which had been top ranking in previous surveys were littered". The car park at Ballymun Shopping Centre was described as "a complete ‘eye-sore right in the centre of Ballymun".
Other roads in the area were subject to dumping, as well as litter. Dumping was also a problem in parts of Cork, Waterford, and Limerick city.
However, 14 of the 40 regions surveyed were cleaner than European norms. 31 out of 40 were as clean as the European average. Kilkenny city was found to be the cleanest region in the country, followed by Athlone, Killarney, and Tralee.
"Today’s tourists demand high levels of cleanliness and these results indicate that’s what they will be getting this year when they come to Ireland," said IBAL’s Conor Horgan."It is also important that their first impression be a good one, so it’s pleasing to see the roads around Dublin Airport are again to Clean to European norms."