KERRY County Council and the Killarney Looking Good Committee have enthusiastically welcomed the report from An Taisce in which Killarney was placed third out of 40 towns and cities surveyed in the national IBAL Anti-Litter league.
Incoming Mayor Killarney, Cllr Michael Gleeson – a member of the Looking Good Committee – welcomed the news and said the fact that the town was deemed to be Cleaner than European Norms is a great tribute to the council staff and to the Looking Good and Meitheal volunteers who give so much of their time.
“This is the result of a great co-operative spirit and it shows that Killarney cares deeply about the environment,” Cllr Gleeson said.
Chairperson of the Looking Good Committee, Yvonne Quill, paid tribute to the volunteers and the staff of the Municipal District Council.
She said a huge effort has again been put in by the volunteers who participate in the organised clean-ups along with those who maintain their own areas in their own time.
“An extra effort was put in on the Tralee Road this year with 10 volunteers in recent weeks targeting Killarney to Farranfore on Monday evenings. It was particularly gratifying to see this getting Grade A status,” she said.
But despite the latest success, Ms Quill cautioned against complacency.
“Litter and dumping is an ongoing battle that we have to keep fighting. We must continue to ensure that our town maintains the highest standards of cleanliness,” she said.
The great working relationship in Killarney between the Municipal District, Tidy Towns volunteers and the business community was highlighted as one of the main reasons for the town’s success.
Killarney Municipal District Council Officer, Eileen O’Donoghue, congratulated all those involved on achieving such high standards.
“There is a great sense of cooperation in Killarney and it is this working together that has resulted in the town achieving such a good result. I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the Tidy Towns volunteers for their ongoing commitment to the town,” she said.
“This active citizenship makes such a positive impact on the town. I would also like to recognise and acknowledge our own street cleaning staff in the Municipal District for their continued good work,” the Municipal District Council Officer added.
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