North inner city a ‘litter blackspot’ says latest report 

 A recent survey says litter in our main cities has “worsened to levels not seen in ten years”. 

And Dublin’s north inner city has been placed at the bottom of rankings of the first post lockdown litter survey.  

It was the only area labelled a ‘litter blackspot’ following the results of the survey carried out by An Taisce on behalf of Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). 

The report also found Dublin city centre to be heavily littered, whereas Dun Laoghaire was judged to be “cleaner than European norms”. 

“Nearby Ballymun has improved a lot in the past 24 months, why can’t the same happen in this area?” 

Conor Horgan of Irish Business Against Litter.

According to the new report, there was a “lack of clean sites” with only two areas out of 25 in the north inner city deemed to be clean, Great Clarence Street and the Dock at Custom House IFSC.  

It is the worst result since 2014 for the north inner city as 17 areas were deemed “heavily littered, or worse”.  

An ESB site on Sherriff Street Lower at Ossory Road appeared to be used as a dumping site as sacks of rubbish and piles of litter were found.  

Litter left on the streets of Dublin. Pic: David Little 

Aldborough Place was also subjected to dumping, which created “such a poor impression of the location”, An Taisce’s report said. 

Along the Canal Walk, heavy levels of food and alcohol related items had been discarded in the water. 

At Spencer Dock, bicycles, railings and industrial rubbish were among the many items that were dumped in the canal. 

“A gradual if unspectacular clean-up of the north inner city over the past seven years, but recent surveys suggest this has unravelled,” said Conor Horgan of IBAL.

“Nearby Ballymun has improved a lot in the past 24 months, why can’t the same happen in this area?” he said.