Limerick City receives its highest ranking in IBAL league

Limerick City has lost its ‘moderately littered’ tag and is now ‘clean to European norms’, according to the latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).

Limerick City has lost its ‘moderately littered’ tag and is now ‘clean to European norms’, according to the latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).

The survey was carried out by An Taisce, which is commissioned by IBAL to undertake the monitoring of litter in towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland under its ‘All Ireland Anti-Litter League’ campaign.

Limerick City this year rose from 36th to 17th in the IBAL League of 40 surveyed Irish towns and cities, the highest ranking achieved by the City in the competition to date. Limerick was listed as the top ranking city or town in the 'Clean to European norms' section and also finished ahead of Cork City (30), Galway City (33) and Dublin City (39).

The news has been welcomed by Cllr. Jerry O'Dea, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick. "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."

The Mayor continued: "I believe that Limerick City and County Council, local businesses, community groups, residents and visitor to Limerick City have worked very well together in combating litter, which can have a negative effect on the local economy and tourism. I particularly wish to acknowledge the staff of the Council's cleansing department who provide a 365-day-a-year street sweeping service and actively engage with the issues highlighted in IBALreports to enhance the City's performance."

"Community schemes as Limerick Going for Gold, the National TidyTowns Competition, Team Limerick Cleanup, Pride of Place and the Council’s Environment Improvement Grant Initiative have also empowered the community to take responsibility for litter management in their city," added Mayor O'Dea.

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.

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