The report on Bundoran stated: Much of the litter appeared to be related to fishermen with broken/dumped items relating to same."
The first nationwide survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours has revealed that Bundoran is ‘littered’ and Killybegs is ‘moderately littered’.
The study of beaches, harbours, rivers and their immediate environs, carried out by An Taisce, showed only 4 of 50 areas surveyed were deemed “Clean to European Norms”. Almost 40% were littered or heavily littered, with some areas in Cork Harbour and Doolin Pier in Clare classified as litter blackspots.
The An Taisce report for Bundoran stated: “Much of the litter appeared to be related to fishermen with broken/dumped items relating to same. All other areas within the survey site had small scatterings of litter. Non-food items included street cones and discarded car tyres.”
The An Taisce report for Killybegs stated: “A mixed site with some areas very good with regard to litter and other areas quite poor. Much of the litter present was along the rock armour which stretched along the length of the site surveyed.
"Examples of marine related litter included pieces of wood, rope, string, plastic sheeting and strapping bands - these items were both water-based and land-based. As well as the marine based litter there were other food related items and occasional items like traffic cones, plasters and gloves, to name but a few.”
The results contrast with those of IBAL’s recent surveys of towns across the country which show 75% of areas to be clean, compared to just 8% in this survey.