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An improvement in Tallaght’s ranking in the annual league table published by Irish Businesses Against Litter is welcome but also shows that there is no room for complacency, according to Dublin South West Election Candidate and Independent Senator, Katherine Zappone.

Tallaght has improved its standing from 38 out of 40 urban areas surveyed last year to 31 out of 40 in figures just published and is ranked as ‘moderately littered’.

 The Independent Senator is calling for a community-wide push to further improve the standing and to ensure Tallaght continues to be a pleasant location to live and to visit.

 Senator Zappone added:

 “The improvement in Tallaght’s ranking is a tribute to all those who play an active role in protecting and improving our streets, public spaces and parks.

It is worth noting that our communities are now listed above other parts of Dublin, including the city centre, but there is still work to do. Too many residents are living in the shadow of illegal dumping on back roads around our communities.

Not only is this unsightly but it poses health risks and a danger to playing children as well as attracting vermin.

We must now build on the progress made by using every possible means to identify those involved in such activity.

Mobile CCTV units together with the examination of illegally dumped waste has worked successfully in the past in locating the culprits and both Central Government and South Dublin County Council should re-examine the resources being deployed to combat what is a crime, often carried out under the cover of darkness.

Tallaght has always had a proud community spirit and we must not allow a small minority to come along in the middle of the night and damage the good work being carried out.

 I am confident that by improving our enforcement efforts together with the ongoing efforts of community, voluntary and residence groups as well as local business we will see our rating improve even further in 2016.”

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