4 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Town’s disappointing showing in the latest litter “league table” compiled by the IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) organisation was a harsh assessment on a town that has “never looked so well”, according to the Cathaoirleach of the Monaghan Municipal District, Robbie Gallagher.

There was disappointment for Monaghan Town when the latest litter “league table” annually compiled by the IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) organisation was published this week.

The county capital, which in the past has rated highly in the assessment of urban cleanliness, found itself placed 34th out of the 40 towns and cities under IBAL scrutiny, and given a “moderately littered” designation, when its Round 1 results for 2015 were published this week.

The An Taisce adjudicators pinpointed the town’s recycling facility and the Diamond Centre among the areas that had contributed to a reduced ranking, although they pointed out that over half the sites they looked at were in excellent condition.

Although the IBAL survey has been criticised in the past for its method of assessment, which can see towns rise or fall sharply in the rankings from year to year, Monaghan’s position in the current table has disappointed local authority and Tidy Towns activists who have been making concerted efforts to improve the town’s appearance.

The outcome is also likely to further focus Monaghan Co Council initiatives to tackle the problem of litter being discarded along main roads in the county.

Expressing disappointment with the result and conceding that it presented a negative headline for the town, Colr Gallagher told The Northern Standard on Tuesday that he would respectfully question the methodology through which the assessors had reached their conclusions.

The IBAL survey singled out the N54-N3 Monaghan to Cavan road as one of the connecting routes between Irish towns that created “a very poor impression”.

The Municipal District Cathaoirleach pointed out that this roadway stretched from Monaghan Town to the far side of Clones before it entered Northern Ireland. Stretches of the …

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