Roscommon vying for top spot in Ibal awards

Roscommon town is in contention to be crowned Ireland’s cleanest town today.

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter league shows the town is vying with Ennis and Kildare for the top spot.

An Taisce surveyed 25 towns and city areas countrywide on behalf of Ibal, and there’s good news for the main locations analysed in the Shannonside region.

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Athlone has moved up three places to 17th and is described as clean to European norms, while Longford town has dropped one place, to sixth, but remains cleaner than European norms.

But the big news locally relates to Roscommon, which is vying for top spot.

Environment Minister Denis Naughten will reveal whether it edged out the other Ennis and Kildare, the other contenders, at a ceremony in Dublin at noon today.

All the approach roads to Roscommon were given the top ranking, with the adjudicators claiming this high standard was sustained for almost all the sites surveyed.

Special mention was given to Main Street, The Square and Loughnaneane Park, all of which were well presented and maintained with great attention to detail.

Roscommon Leisure Centre was also clear of litter, while the only blemish was the clothing bank at Centre Point Retail Park, which was described as clearly littered.

Roscommon Tidy Towns chairperson Kathleen Shanagher is delighted with the result.

Longford town was also praised, with no heavily littered sites, while the sculptures that are located throughout the town were given special recognition.