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Irish Daily Mirror Comment : Time to bin our attitude to rubbish.

IT'S long been called a Dirty Old Town and yesterday, Dublin's filthy reputation was confirmed in the European Courts.

Our fair capital was rubbished for failing to control decades-old waste management laws in a damning report on Ireland's environmental health.

Following a series of complaints from fed-up citizens, the European Court convicted Ireland of a number of environmental breaches.

As well as Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Fermoy in Co Cork were rapped on the knuckles for shoddy waste practices - but we are wondering why they stopped there?

They could have included our stinky sewage systems, illegal landfills and litter strewn streets on the rap sheet.

Some of Dublin's roads have to be seen to be believed.

Litter bins overflow, refuse is dumped anywhere and pedestrians fall over themselves to dodge the litter.

While the Irish Government turned a blind eye to slipshod waste disposal practices, they also sat idly by as people's health suffered as a result.

Litter louts should be hit where it hurts - whether it is for throwing a bag of crisps on the floor or for hiding tonnes of trash in one of our beauty spots.

We need an enlightened approach to waste management - the days of tolerating careless rubbish disposal are long gone.
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Title Annotation:Leader
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2005
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