Dirty Nappies, Bottles and Cans we are Losing the Battle on Beach Litter Says Linehan Foley

By Seamus Whelehan

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The Front Strand was left strewn with litter after hundreds of people descended on the on the beach on one of the hottest days of the year.
Dirty nappies, bottles and cans were just some of the items left there Councillor Linehan Foley told the Southern Committee meeting in County Hall on Monday 19 June.
The independent councillor described the scene she was met with on Sunday (18 June) as “horrendous.”
“We are at the start of the summer period now. The beaches are packed. We are welcoming tourists into our towns all around the coast, what do we do?” she asked the executive.
The amount of litter on our beaches has doubled with council working flat out to do all it can. Is it education, more bins, more signs added the municipality chairwoman.
Fine Gael Cllr Derry Canty from Ballincollig said the litter problem was not just an East Cork issue.
He said Myrtlville in Crosshaven had experienced a similar fate last weekend with pictures being shared across social media.
“It’s like the people are bringing the rubbish with them it’s unbelievable. How can we stop it? Education for what? We are spending money on educating kids about dog fouling or about cycling or rights to living and here we are with what’s up on face book it’s sickening.”
Deputy CEO Declan Kean said while it’s wonderful to see people enjoying themselves they should bring their rubbish home with them.
“it constitutes anti-social behaviour. It is unacceptable” he said people should encourage other beach goers to clean up after themselves.

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