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I hate litter. No, I mean I REALLY hate litter.

It makes me mad & sad how filthy Ireland is. What makes me madder & sadder is that we can't seem to cure ourselves of this affliction.
I was discussing this with my parents at the weekend.
They actually claim that Ireland is much tidier now that it was in the 70s or 80s. This tidiness-trend is also reinforced by today's results from the excellent chaps at Irish Business Against Litter.
IBAL states that 3/4 of our towns are clean to European norms - and that things are getting better.
Yet, I can't marry this insight with the evidence of my eyes.
Wherever I go I see never-ending piles of rubbish ... along our roadsides, under bushes, in our parks, etc.
It may be that some small parts of our country are cleaner - mostly thanks to the few people who actually care (such as this group on the Grand Canal cleanup).
But overall, Ireland is still a shocking sight. No one could say the Republic is cleaner than Northern Ireland, England, Germany or even the US.
Ireland is and remains a shameful tip. Just look at some of the evidence here and here.


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