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Kildare Town - IBAL winner

Kildare Town has again achieved notable success in the Irish Business Against Litter – Anti Litter League (IBAL). The town has been placed 2nd overall in the 2017 league results, which were announced on 3 January 2018. Ennis won the overall title as Ireland’s cleanest town.

Minister Denis Naughten (Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment) announced the winner at an awards function in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel.  Kildare will receive a number of “Emerald Queen” Norway maple trees to enhance the local environment, courtesy of the Irish Tree Centre (Cork).

Kildare Town won the national title for 2016. A commemorative 'Heart of Oak' public sculpture (by Noel Scullion) was commissioned by IBAL and unveiled in September last.

In order to acknowledge Kildare town's excellent performance in being awarded national runner-up spot in the 2017 IBAL litter league , the occasion was marked with a photocall which took place on Monday 15 January 2018 at Kildare town at the location of the new art piece.

Leixlip has been placed 9th overall (‘Cleaner than European Norms’) in adjudication of 40 towns and communities countrywide. 

Joe Boland, Director of Services, Kildare County Council speaking after the announcement  acknowledged the great efforts by local communities, businesses, schools and the Council's staff in helping keep towns and villages throughout the county litter free.

The IBAL report on Kildare Town noted as follows: ‘It is great to see Kildare continuing the tremendous work of last year, when it was winner of the League. The Market Square is a great centrepiece and clearly much care has been taken with the presentation and maintenance e.g. seating, planting, trees,sculptures etc.  St. Brigid’s Church and environs was freshly presented and recently enhanced by the sculpture acknowledging Kildare’s success in IBAL 2016. There was a complete absence of litter at the Main Town Car Park’. 

In respect of Leixlip, IBAL reported that:  ‘An excellent showing from Leixlip again, with no heavily littered sites. The approach roads from the West and from Lucan were top ranking and created a positive first impression of Leixlip.  The Main Street in Leixlip looked very well with attractive paving, lamp-posts and hanging baskets.  There was a complete absence of litter at Scoil Chearbhaill Ui Dhalaigh’.

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