Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin was joined by Fingal County Councillors Cian O’Callaghan, Daire Ní Laoi and Jimmy Guerin..

Water fountains are being installed in Howth and Malahide as part of the council’s bid to reduce plastic bottle waste.

The first drinking water fountain is now in operation at the junction of Harbour Road and Abbey Road in Howth and a second is due to be installed in Malahide Demesne this week.

Director of Operations for Fingal County Council, David Storey, said: “Single use plastic water bottles account for a large proportion of waste and the installation of drinking water fountains will help to prevent this.

“The fountains are easy to access and use and are an environmentally friendly health initiative.”

The local authority is committed to implementing solutions to reduce the amount of plastic waste and has partnered with Refill Ireland to install a number of water fountains across Fingal.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) told Dublin Gazette: “This is a great idea, I’d love to see them introduced in Swords. Anything we can do to reduce the purchase of single use plastics is welcome.

“One million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute and this number will jump another 20 per cent by 2021. We need to do all we can to reduce this and this is a step in the right direction.”

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