Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan paid a visit to Inch Beach to meet local communities who have been carrying out major beach-clean-ups in the area.
One recent beach clean-up saw almost 100 local school students collect over five tonnes of rubbish, including 114 tyres, on the 1.2km stretch of Ballybrannigan and Ballycroneen beaches.
Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley commended the Cork East community for their work with beach clean-ups during the visit:
“We are very fortunate here in East Cork to have so many local community groups and organisations actively engaged in caring for our beaches. It was a pleasure to meet up with one such group today at Inch Beach, to extend the appreciation of Cork County Council, and of all of us who enjoy these wonderful amenities, for the tireless work of these volunteers”, she said.
“Their efforts in removing hazardous, unsightly waste left by irresponsible people, is really invaluable, especially in protecting our wildlife, in and out of the water.”
Some projects have attempted to tackle the issue with dumping, such as the ‘Think Before you Flush Initiative and €16,000 was recently raised for a quad bike and trailer, to aid locals with clean-up operations and to extend the activity for up to 30km of coastlines.
“This voluntary effort represents more than 360 hours of labour, the equivalent of one person working eight hours per day for 45 days,” added Mayor Mary Linehan Foley.