Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Cormac Devlin has said that the local community in Dublin South is determined to protect its coastal landscape and beaches and spread awareness of the need to recycle.

The South Dublin County Councillor led fifty volunteers from across the locality to take part in the first EU Beach Clean-Up Day of the year in Ireland along Killiney beach last Sunday, March 25th.

“As a society we need to do more to tackle the scourge of single use plastics and raise greater awareness of the countless drawbacks of their use.

“Since this important campaign first began in 1996, more than 10,000 clean-ups have taken place across Europe to date. I am especially delighted that so many in our area have gotten involved in this initiative.

“Residents of all ages gave their time to cleaning up the beach and I would like to particularly thank 11 year old, Flossie Donnelly, all of the volunteers including members from Cabinteely and Dalkey Tidy Towns and the many families from St Nicholas Montessori School in Dún Laoghaire.

“Together with the assistance of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council we removed an astonishing 15 bags of waste and rubbish from the shoreline.

“The Killiney District Community Council will be hosting a similar clean-up of the beach on Saturday 14th April at 11am while our next EU Beach Clean-Up will take place at Killiney Beach at 2pm on Saturday, May 12th.

“I encourage all those eager to safeguard our environment to get involved!,” concluded Cllr Devlin.

EU Beach Clean Up 2018, Killiney Beach