Breaking news: Dublin is Dirty. Ok maybe I'm being a little harsh here but DUH, everyone knows Dublin is a dirty old town. An Taisce should stop paying for stupid surveys, get off their arses and try to clean up the city.
Dublin is reported as being 12% less clean than the rest of the country. Personally I think a rating of 67% cleanliness for Dublin and 79% for the rest of the country is complete bollocks. Ireland is a dirty country. Walking around Dublin it seems most Irish people have never learned to pick up after themselves. People move around leaving a trail of paper, food, plastic, cigarette butts and chewing gum behind them like a leaking oil tanker sailing into an Alaskan harbor. 67% is a very generous rating to give this city.
I was in Sydney a few years ago on a short holiday and all the Australians were telling me that Sydney was a dirty city and not to judge the rest of the country by Sydney. I thought you could eat off the streets of Sydney and I was too embarrassed to tell people about Dublin. Sydney gleams in the sunlight, yet I would only say it was 70-80% clean. Dublin in comparison is at best 30% clean, probably less if you took out areas like Howth.
By the way, it is a popular belief that the song Dirty Old Town is about Dublin, but apparently it was actually written for Salford in England. Still I think it's adopted home is more than apt.