The Green Party has welcomed changes by Dublin City Council that will see alternatives to Glyphosate used for weed control on city streets from next year.

Last August, a San Francisco jury awarded $289 million dollars (€253 million) to a former school groundsman who claimed the popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer.

The Green Party’s Councillor Ciaran Cuffe received the news in a reply to a Council question that he received on Wednesday morning.

Cllr Cuffe said: “This announcement marks a significant step towards the wider use of alternatives to glyphosate for weed control in the city. From next year, 5% of the weed removal contract in the north inner city must use alternatives to Monsanto’s Roundup or similar glyphosate-based products.

“For some years now, constituents had raised concerns about the widespread use of Glyphosate for weed control on streets and in parks and playgrounds around the city.

Parents and grandparents don’t want their children or grandchildren playing close to where these chemicals are used. I am pleased that alternatives to Roundup will now form a significant part of our contract, and I look forward to the phasing out of Glyphosate over time.

“Killer chemicals should have no place in our solutions to weed control, and I hope that as new solutions are mainstreamed the cost of alternative methods of weed control will reduce.”