Last month we reported on the campaign to stop South Dublin County Council building apartments in Sean Walsh Park.

Now a group of volunteers who keep the Tallaght Park in excellent condition say they will quit if the majority of councillors vote in favour of the development this month.

The Litter Mugs, a community group that meets once a month to pick up litter and clean the park, feel they would have no choice but to disband.

John Kibred from The Litter Mugs told Dublin Gazette: “After a huge amount of soul searching we have decided to disband the Litter Mugs if a majority of the SDCC councillors vote in favour of building any apartments or houses within the confines of Sean Walsh Park.

“We surely would be complete ‘Mugs’ if we continued our efforts after such a kick in the teeth.

“Our view is that if the Council & Councillors do not care about the long term future of the park then we would be wasting our time.

“As reported last week, an unnamed Council official said “I can confirm that the council will continue to maintain and develop Sean Walsh Park to ensure that the park retains its Green Flag…”

“One of the criteria used to determine if the park maintains it’s flag is the active involvement by the local community.

“The Council will have to look elsewhere as the Litter Mugs will not be providing that.

“As a signal of our intent we are suspending the clean up event scheduled for 24th November until we have absolute clarity on the voting intentions of our Councillors.

“So over to you, the fate our our park and of the Litter Mugs lies in your hands.”

Aside from helping the park win a Green Flag this year, the Litter Mugs were also involved when Tallaght recorded its highest ever ranking in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey this year, ranking as the fifth cleanest town in a national survey.

Tallaght is now branded ‘cleaner than European standards’ after it moved up in the league rankings by 17 places since September 2017.