Kilkee have set the way and now Ennis wants to follow according to councillors in the town who want to discourage the use of plastics.
Mayor of Ennis, Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy at the November meeting of the Ennis Municipal District expressed her desire for the town “to emulate the efforts of Kilkee & Westport in their respective efforts to discourage use of single use plastics as has been in progress in Kilkee since early 2018 to great effect with the ‘Make Kilkee Plastic Free’ campaign”.
Administrative Officer, Etain McCooey informed the Mayor that the Kilkee example was “a locally led initiative” which was assisted with funding support under the EPA Waste Prevention Grant. “Approaches from voluntary and community groups within the Ennis Municipal District Area would be particularly welcome in relation to proposals and initiatives to discourage use of single use plastics”.
Fine Gael’s Mary Howard seconded the motion. An active member of the Ennis Tidy Towns group, Cllr Howard told the meeting that school children are requesting not to be given plastic forks or straws with their lunches as they are forming rubbish on the streets of the town. Her party colleagues, Cllr Johnny Flynn and Cllr Paul Murphy also voiced their support.
Director of Service, Carmel Kirby confirmed that Cillian Murphy who helped spearhead the campaign in Kilkee will be addressing the Physical Development SPC in December, both Cllr Colleran Molloy and Cllr Howard sought an open invitation to attend which Kirby agreed to.