Naughten tackling litter in Roscommon!


Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced an allocation of €19,000 to tackle graffiti, dog fouling and litter in Roscommon.  This is an increase of €4,000 on last year’s allocation for the county.

Nationwide, Minister Naughten is making available a total of €884,000 to 31 Local Authorities under the 2017 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS).

The Scheme provides funding to local authorities to conduct public awareness and education campaigns at a community level targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti. Each local authority is responsible for selecting the suitable awareness projects that receive funding.  

Announcing the allocation, Minister Naughten took the opportunity to praise Roscommon’s recent success in the IBAL competition.

He said: “I am proud to say that Roscommon is improving year on year when it comes to littering, which is proven by our county reaching second place in the recent Irish Business Against Litter national survey rankings. 

“This great achievement is due to the civic pride and hard work of the people and businesses in Roscommon.”

Minister Naughten said he was proud to support community and voluntary groups and schools in Roscommon.

“Recently, I provided funding of €225,000 – an increase of €57,000 – for the 19th National Spring Clean campaign run by An Taisce which I launched in Loughnaneane Park.

 “I have also doubled the funding available to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping across the country with Roscommon County Council receiving more than €22,000 to fund five clean-up projects including Salmon Lake to Kilnacarrow Bridge Nature Trail, Suck Valley Way and Kilteevan Bog, The Oaks, French Park, Cuilagh, Scramoge.

“The funding will also be used to buy trail cameras and drone technology will be used to try to catch those responsible for fly-tipping in our county.”