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Co.Clare Is Clean As A Whistle!

 

Updated : Apr 10, 2009

The Government remains committed to tackling environmental crimes such as litter and graffiti, Junior Minister Tony Killeen T.D. said this week.

The Clare Deputy was commenting after EUR30k in grant aid was allocated to Clare County Council for public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti.

“The 2009 allocation represents a decrease of 13% on the 2008 allocation, necessitated by the challenging economic circumstances. However, I am confident that, despite the decrease, the Council can continue its important work in this area”, commented Minister Killeen.

He noted, “Under the Litter Pollution Acts, local authorities have, in addition to litter functions, a responsibility to prevent and take remedial action in relation to graffiti. The criteria for selection of suitable projects under this scheme was expanded in 2008 to include anti-graffiti awareness initiatives, in order to support local authorities in their work in this area.”

The Minister of State continued, “Clare County Council and the Town Councils in Kilkee, Kilrush, Ennis and Shannon have taken great strides to progressively combat litter pollution, but much still remains to be done. Therefore, I would encourage Clare Local Authorities and communities across the county to continue to work together to clean up their localities.”

Minister Killeen urged Clare Local Authorities to continue to take all practical steps to raise public awareness of the environmental damage caused by litter pollution and educate the public about their responsibilities to prevent and control litter.

“I have no doubt that the EUR30k anti-litter grant allocated to Clare County Council will enable it to engage in a wide range of activities aimed at stimulating greater public involvement and encouraging a more responsible attitude towards litter”, concluded Minister Killeen.

The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has allocated over EUR8.74 million to local authorities for anti-litter awareness initiatives since the Litter Pollution Act was introduced in 1997.

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