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Concerns About Canal Litter After Sunny Days


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When the sun comes out in Dublin, bigger bins and better litter management also need to come out.

That's the call from one TD, after large amounts of empty beer cans and other rubbish were left strewn along the banks of the Grand Canal at the weekend.

Deputy Jim O'Callaghan says people enjoying a few drinks in the sunshine need to keep their behaviour in check.

"It’s great that people can get together and enjoy the sun by the water at Portobello Bridge but they need to be more conscious of the environmental impact of their litter and general waste on our urban community", he said.

The Deputy has written to Dublin City Council to urge them to assign a number of Litter Wardens to monitor the area during good weather and who can issue on the spot litter fines.

He said, "During spells of good weather like we had over the weekend, large numbers of people congregate close to Portobello Bridge and along the bank of the canal. Many of them are enjoying themselves and not breaking any laws."

"The problem is that others do not clean up after themselves and have a complete disregard for residents in the area who are forced to put up with them urinating in public and often on their doorsteps", he said.


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