Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has said it is important that every Dubliner offers their full support all year round to initiatives aiming to clean-up the rivers in our city which are plagued by illegal littering.

The Deputy was commenting ahead of this weekend’s inaugural ‘Dublin Waters Day’ which is a co-ordinated effort to clean up the rivers across Dublin including the Royal and Grand Canal.

He said, “As Dublin develops and expands, the waterways across our Capital have become dirty and are piling up with rubbish and litter which has been illegally disposed of.

“The level of pollution in Dublin waterways is quite overwhelming but by no means impossible to overcome – there are measures that can be introduced to clamp down on illegal dumping, fly tipping, littering and even the industrial scale dumping that continues to tarnish our city landscape.

“There is no excuse for any of us to pollute our waters or endanger the wildlife or marine habitat that relies on them. We all need to be more conscious of the environmental impact of litter and general waste.

“Council plans to continue to invest in and promote cycle paths and walkways along the rivers such as the plan for the Dodder Linear Park, are utterly useless unless we aim to curb illegal dumping in tandem.

“I will be calling on Dublin City Council to engage with the three surrounding local authorities and with Waterways Ireland who also have a degree of responsibility, to put in place an action plan to improve the quality of the rivers in the Capital.

“All of those volunteering with the initiatives that have organised the first ever Dublin Waters Day clean-up operation deserve our support all year round, not just tomorrow.

He concluded, “The sun is expected to shine this weekend and what better way to enjoy it than to get behind this important campaign to protect the waterways in our communities.”