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Shane O’Donnell launches Respect The Banner campaign

Respect The BannerClare hurler Shane O’Donnell is fronting a major countywide campaign launched by the Environment Section of Clare County Council to promote greater litter awareness in County Clare.

Billboards have been erected at some of the county’s busiest locations including Shannon Airport, Crusheen and Ennis Train Station to encourage tourists and the people of Clare to take responsibility for their litter.

A series of radio adverts featuring Shane O’Donnell promoting the Respect The Banner campaign is also being broadcast over the next five weeks.

Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council said: “It is great to see the ‘Respect The Banner’ message being promoted in a way that will attract as much public attention as possible.”

“It is important that we remember that it is all our responsibility to keep Clare free of litter and help promote our County as a cleaner brighter place to live, work and visit,” said Cllr. Crowe.

Anne Haugh, Director of Services, Clare County Council said the anti-litter campaign is part of an ongoing process of engagement with the wider public to increase environmental awareness.

Ms. Haugh continued: “Local volunteers and Council staff work in partnership with each other to clean up the county, but we are reminding everybody to be civic-minded when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. We hope that Respect The Banner will help enhance the participation of Clare communities in Pride of Place, Tidy Towns Competition and Clare In Bloom and will also encourage greater individual responsibility for our local environment. This includes our County’s beaches where litter control is central to the retention of our Blue Flags.”

Clare hurler, Shane O’Donnell, who launched the campaign this week, said: “Clare people are very proud of their County and it is important that we showcase this pride by preventing litter. It is my great pleasure to support this campaign and I hope my involvement will encourage others to ‘Respect The Banner’. After all, every piece of litter dropped is a point against Clare.”

For more on Respect The Banner visit http://www.clarecoco.ie.

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