By staff reporter
A litter survey has revealed that the dirtiest cities in Ireland are the capital, Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
But the good news is that 75% of towns and cities surveyed were found to be as clean or cleaner than European counterparts.
The Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey for 2013, which looked at 40 areas across the country, placed areas in Dublin, Cork and Limerick in the six lowest positions on the table – many having got worse in the last year.
Dublin remains the city with the most litter. The survey also exposed litter black-spots as Dublin’s North Inner City and Farranree in Cork.
Kilkenny and Cavan were, yet again, the cleanest city and town, followed by Killarney, Tramore and Longford. They were among 18 towns deemed to be cleaner than the European average.
The survey also found huge improvement in the condition of roads to and from Dublin Airport, while routes between towns were found to be more littered than the towns themselves., the most common form of litter being sweet wrappers, followed closely by cigarette butts, fast food wrappers and chewing gum.