Go green

Michael Connolly, Cathaoirleach of County Galway, with Sinead Ni Mhainnin, environment section of the Galway County Council,  Galway GAA stars  Heather Cooney, Ailish O'Reilly, Rebecca Henley, Marie Cooney,  Olivia Divilley and Aine McDonagh, with councillors Michael Maher and  Pete Roche, and Paul Moroney, senior engineer in environment section Galway County Council  at the launch of Galway County Council's ‘Cleaner, Greener, Galway!’ anti litter and illegal dumping awareness iniative.  Photo: Ray Ryan

Michael Connolly, Cathaoirleach of County Galway, with Sinead Ni Mhainnin, environment section of the Galway County Council, Galway GAA stars Heather Cooney, Ailish O'Reilly, Rebecca Henley, Marie Cooney, Olivia Divilley and Aine McDonagh, with councillors Michael Maher and Pete Roche, and Paul Moroney, senior engineer in environment section Galway County Council at the launch of Galway County Council's ‘Cleaner, Greener, Galway!’ anti litter and illegal dumping awareness iniative. Photo: Ray Ryan

Sporting, voluntary and business organisations, with An Garda Síochána, have joined forces with the Galway County Council to help launch a new approach to anti-litter and illegal dumping.

Representatives of Galway’s top athletes and high profile sports stars from the GAA, Connacht Rugby and Galway United joined the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten, Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Connolly, and members of Galway County Council to support for “A Cleaner, Greener Galway”.

The message from the sporting community is “don’t drop the ball on litter”, while An Garda Síochána will be vigilant in deploying illegal dumping check points throughout the country to try to curb illegal dumping as part of this campaign.

The Galway County Council will be using digital messaging, social media channels and traditional media and marketing tools throughout schools, sporting clubs, societies, voluntary and community organisations, including Tidy Towns, businesses and An Garda Síochána in the coming weeks and months.

“The importance of a cleaner, greener Galway cannot be underestimated in terms of making Galway a better place in which to live, work and visit,” said Jim Cullen, director of services with Galway County Council.

“It is our intention to continuously build on this campaign through our ongoing work and with voluntary groups, schools, numerous organisations and the business community, in order to deliver a Cleaner, Greener Galway into the future. ”

As Galway gets closer to the European Region of Gastronomy 2018 designation and to the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture designation, it is the aim of Galway County Council to show the ultimate in local authority leadership by having “a cleaner, greener Galway” for Galwegians and visitors. alike.

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