Successful clean up. 20 bags of rubbish lifted.
I want to thank all the volunteers who helped out with the canal clean up on Saturday. We lifted 20 bags of rubbish, including a suitcase, two bicycle wheels and even a fire extinguisher. This is the 6th year in which they have picked litter from the stretch of the canal between the 12th Lock towards Coolmine.
Beer and soft drink cans remain a significant problem both in the ditches beside the canal towpath but also in the canal itself. Here, the pose a significant danger for wildlife, including the two cygnets that have been hatched by the swans nesting opposite Castleknock Train Station.
Another item we noticed significant amounts of this year was bagged dog dirt, thrown into the ditch. It seems bizarre that people go to the trouble of bagging their dog’s dirt, then just throwing it into the hedge.
The Royal Canal is a huge resource for Dublin 15. It’s vital that we all work to keep it in the best state possible.
The Dublin West Green Party will be holding our annual Royal Canal Clean Up this Saturday, 15th June.
We will be meeting at 1:30PM at Castleknock Train Station and cleaning around the station, down towards the 12th Lock and then towards Coolmine Station.
Hope to see you there.
Dublin West Green Party Canal Clean-Up June 2011
The Dublin West Green Party held our 3rd annual Royal Canal Clean-Up on Saturday. 25 volunteers helped us to picked up cans, bottles, paper and general rubbish from in and around the canal bank, covering the stretch between the 12th Lock pub and Coolmine train station.
By the end of the afternoon, we had about 20 bags of rubbish collected and divided between recyclables and non-recyclables. We also ended up with three bicycle wheels.
The Royal Canal is a huge resource for Dublin 15 in terms of boating, fishing, walking and cycling. It’s something we need to protect, which is why the Dublin West Greens organise a clean up each year. I want to thank all the volunteers who joined us and Fingal County Council who picked up the rubbish from us when we were finished.
Green Party Dublin West candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on the next Minister for the Environment to take action to limit the amount of posters that candidates can use during elections. He was speaking after high winds caused hundreds of election posters to be ripped from polls and strewn around Dublin West.
“The large number of election posters that have been blown down over the last few days proves why we need to move away from the current approach to election posters. Not only have the posters created an awful mess, but hundreds of cable-ties have been left attached to telephone and lamp posts across Dublin West. I have seen some with up to ten separate cable ties flapping in the wind, now that all the posters are blown off”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“Personally I have always tried to use a relatively small number of posters, as I think myself and my team should be spending as much time as possible knocking on doors. It strikes me as madness that politicians and parties spend such a large amount of money on pictures of ourselves. Surely, there are more effective ways of getting our message out to the voters?”.
“In France for example, each party is entitled to erect a poster and manifesto sign in a designated location in each village of the constituency. This would be a much more satisfactory approach, as it still gives candidates the opportunity to advertise their policies, but in a much more orderly manner”.
“I hope that the next Minister for the Environment will bring forward some reasonable proposals to deal with the issue of election posters. In the meantime, it is vital that myself and all the other candidates do our bit to clean up our posters but also to remove cable ties from lamp-posts, even if they aren’t our own”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O'Gorman and the Dublin West Greens at the 2010 Annual Royal Canal Clean Up
The Dublin West Green Party held their second annual Royal Canal Clean Up on Saturday 17th May.
“We are delighted to have had a very successful second annual Royal Canal Clean Up. Our group met at Castleknock Train Station and worked along the canal bank towards the 12th Lock and then some of the way towards Coolmine Station”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The level of litter was significantly less than last year, which was encouraging. We still gathered 10 bags of glass bottles, cans, plastic cartons and general waste”.
“There were one or two real black spots. In particular, there is an area off the bridge over the canal at Castleknock Station just beside the canal which is clearly being used regularly as a drinking haunt. There we found hundreds of bottles and cans. I will be contacting Fingal County Council to advise them of ways to block up this particular location”.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came out and also to Fingal County Council for picking up the litter we collected”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.