This has been mentioned on the news today and yesterday, but when I went for a walk on the beach in Donabate yesterday evening, I was just gobsmacked at the state of the place after the bank holiday weekend.
Are we the dirtiest nation on the planet or what? Or is it just Dubliners, or Northsiders in particular? There was all kinds of rubbish from dirty nappies, to plastic bottles, and paper, just strewn everywhere and floating in the sea. There was even bags of neatly packed rubbish, just left there, obviously by people with some sense of environmental awareness, though sadly not enough.
I wasn't there over the weekend, but I got an impression of what it must have been like, as there was one car load of yobs, with the radio playing at max volume, drinking, roaring and shouting.
I don't know what the answer is. In one way, I think Fingal Co Co are right not to put bins on the beach. They'd never be able to cope with the load from a weekend like we just had, and it really isn't that unreasonable to expect people to take their rubbish home. But maybe the answer is to charge people a few euros to drive on to the beach and use the money to fund a proper service with waste collection, toilets etc.
Anybody else have an opinion on this?