“Tidy Towns Committees throughout County Monaghan deserve huge praise” – Matt Carthy MEP
Carthy also welcomes “innovative” plastic bottle return initiative launched in Carrickmacross this week
Co. Monaghan based MEP Matt Carthy has conveyed his warm congratulations to Glaslough on winning the overall prize in this year’s Tidy Towns Awards. Carthy also commended the Carrickmacross Tidy Towns committee on securing another Gold Medal in the competition and he praised all those from across Co. Monaghan involved in the Tidy Towns programme.
The Midlands Norhwest Sinn Féin representative said “Anyone driving through County Monaghan can see the results of hard work by the volunteers of our Tidy Towns committees. It’s a real source of pride for all Monaghan people that the towns and villages in our county are always competing at the highest level.
“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Glaslough Tidy Towns Committee. I’ve had the pleasure of being in Glasslough village many times throughout 2019 and it has always been immaculate with a real attention to detail in flower arranging and upkeep of houses and shop fronts”.
Carthy also reserved special praise for his home town of Carrickmacross, which once again retained its gold medal status only finishing 5 points behind the overall winners Glaslough. “The committee’s work in Carrickmacross is tireless. It has to be seen to be believed. Knowing the members of the committee it is clear that they are driven by a love for their town. I have personally seen them working all hours day and night to ensure that town looks as beautiful as it does. They deserve huge credit.”
The local MEP was also eager to praise the initiative and innovation shown by Carrickmacross Tidy Towns in relation to schemes like the reverse vending machines for plastic bottles, which was launched in the town on Monday.
He said: “The introduction of Ireland’s first ever Plastic Bottle return machine is a prime example of the community spirit and innovative drive that organisations such as Carrickmacross Tidy Towns are renowned. Last year the reusable coffee cup scheme led to a massive reduction in the amount of single-use plastic waste we produce in County Monaghan. Coupled with this new initiative, Monaghan is clearly setting an example that other parts of Ireland can replicate.”