Tallaght is the cleanest town in Dublin and “above and beyond” the rest of the country’s cleanliness standards.

This is according to a new litter survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) which also ranked the town 13th cleanest in Ireland.

Tallaght trounced some of its fellow county Dublin areas however as the North Inner City came bottom of the list of 40 being described as “seriously littered”.

Fermoy in Cork won the title of Ireland’s tidiest town with Waterford again crowned the nation’s cleanest city.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony on Monday, Environment Minister Richard Bruton spoke of the importance of the IBAL awards.

“Litter is a very tangible, visible example of the kind of damage that is being done,” he said.

“It is vital that communities, businesses and local authorities in towns all across Ireland, work together to manage waste properly and reduce litter.

“I hope the recognition these awards spurs others on to come together to make changes in their local areas.”

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Charlie O’Connor welcomed the news of Tallaght’s award but warned the local authority must maintain its focus on tackling the menace of littering and graffiti in the county.

He said: “The good work which has been carried out to date in order to manage these issues is best reflected in today’s announcement.

“A huge part of this achievement has depended on voluntary work in the community and local residents keeping an eye on graffiti in the area.

“Despite our area being recognised today as Dublin’s cleanest town, we’ve some way to go in order to fully eliminate the problems with litter and graffiti.

“I am assured by the chief executive that the measures undertaken in the past 12 months will continue and that scheduled and reactive clean-ups will take place.

“We cannot lose sight of the fact that polluting our area with litter and/or graffiti is a criminal offence and should at least be punishable with a fine.

“Over the course of the next 12 months we can all make a conscious effort to make even greater improvements and raise awareness of the plight that litter can have on an area like ours.”