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Fund tackles city graffiti and litter

Cork city will receive €36,000 out of over €880,000 that has been allocated by the Department of Environment to tackle litter and graffiti across the country.

The city has experienced a spate of vandalism in recent months with restorative work carried out by the Mad About Cork group vandalised by graffiti ‘taggers’.

Environment Minister Denis Naughten said that almost €15m has been spent by the Government on the Anti-Litter and Anit-Graffiti Awareness Grant over the last 10 years.

"Year on year Ireland has steadily improved with respect to litter but complacency is not an option as a small increase was recorded last year in levels nationwide on the previous year,” he said.

“Within the resources I have I am proud to support community groups and local authorities with funding that will have a tangible impact in our communities,” he added.

Cork north central Cllr Kenneth O'Flynn welcomed the funding and has previously called for the sale of aerosol paints to minors to be prohibited.

“As we are only too well aware there has been an increase in this anti-social behaviour in recent months it is unfair on business owners that they must incur a cost if their property is graffitied,” he said.

“I'm currently drafting bylaws for the city to help combat this nuisance. The Minister's funding is very welcome and we as City officials must do more to protect your city from vandalism,” he added.