Ballymun in Dublin was deemed a litter black spot and placed at the foot of the Irish Business Against Litter anti-litter league rankings. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Almost a quarter of Irish towns assessed by An Taisce have been found to be littered, with Ballymun in Dublin classified as a black spot after inspect(...)

Left unaddressed, notions of a green Ireland that is an attractive place to live,  work or take a holiday in quickly fade. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It took almost 10 years of naming and shaming by the environmental group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) for local authorities to get to grips wi(...)

The latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter  shows increased litter levels in Dublin city centre and in disadvantaged areas of Galway, Limerick and Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cities and towns are getting cleaner, but the latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) shows increased litter levels in Du(...)

College Green in Dublin city centre. This year the city was considered to be clean to European norms for the first time since the Ibal rankings began. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin city had its “best ever showing” in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) national litter survey due to the 1916 centenary clean-up (...)

Longford vied with Drogheda, Dún Laoghaire, Dungarvan, and Kilkenny for the title of Ireland’s cleanest town following a survey of 40 towns and cities across the country in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Longford was officially named as Ireland’s cleanest town at a ceremony in Dublin on Monday. The midlands town had been vying with Drogheda, Dungarvan(...)

On patrol: Patricia Oliver, who has also been responsible for setting up the Blue Flag programme for beaches

There’s far less litter around than there used to be, according to Patricia Oliver of An Taisce. Part of that is down to the National Spring Clean, wh(...)

Litter in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s north inner city remains a litter “black spot” according to Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal), despite a crackdown on illegal dumping in (...)

 Rubbish and litter on Dublin’s Belvedere Place in the North Inner City. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kilkenny has been named Ireland’s cleanest town for the second year in a row in the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) annual survey.The anti-litter(...)

Litter on Emmet Street in Dublin’s north inner city. Dublin city centre got a clean rating for the first time in 18 years of monitoring but the area to the northeast of the city centre was found to be exceptionally dirty. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Dublin’s north inner city is the dirtiest urban area in the State, the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) annual survey has found.The anti-litter le(...)