Fianna Fáil South Dublin County Councillor and Dublin South West General Election candidate, Charlie O’Connor has said the local authority must maintain its focus on tackling the menace of littering and graffiti in the county.

Earlier today, Tallaght was named as Dublin’s cleanest area in a survey carried out by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).

South Dublin County Council recently confirmed to Cllr O’Connor that following a review, a new statutory Litter Management Plan is expected to be in place by December 2019.

He said, “The good work which has been carried out to date in order to manage these issues is best reflected in today’s announcement. A huge part of this achievement has depended on voluntary work in the community and local residents keeping an eye on graffiti in the area.

“Despite our area being recognised today as Dublin’s cleanest town, we’ve some way to go in order to fully eliminate the problems with litter and graffiti. I am assured by the Chief Executive that the measures undertaken in the past 12 months will continue and that scheduled and reactive clean-ups will take place.

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that polluting our area with litter and/or graffiti is a criminal offence and should at least be punishable with a fine. Littering can really affect resident’s quality of life, a town’s economic development potential and its overall appearance.

“We all have a responsibility to dispose of our waste properly whether it’s a sweet wrapper or household waste. Over the course of the next 12 months we can all make a conscious effort to make even greater improvements and raise awareness of the plight that litter can have on an area like ours,” he concluded.