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Republic of Ireland flies the flag

05 August 2015

As part of its successful pilot the Republic of Ireland is now proudly flying six Green Flag Awards across six of Dublin's finest green spaces. 

A successful introduction of this scheme into Ireland has recently been piloted by An Taisce Environmental Education Unit with Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, and also with the Office of Public Works. 

The six parks to achieve their Green Flag Award in 2015 are

  • Bushy Park - Dublin City Council
  • Poppintree Park - Dublin City Council
  • Millennium Park - Fingal County Council
  • Malahide Demesne - Fingal County Council
  • St. Stephen's Green - Office of Public Works 
  • Grangegorman Military Cemetery - Office of Public Works

Robert Moss, An Taisce's Green Communities Manager said, "The often unseen hard work of many park staff over many years has provided Ireland with a wealth of treasured Parks, Gardens, and Green Spaces. These important amenities provide us with a welcome refuge from the stress of urban life, and are major attractions for tourists and other visitors to Ireland."

In addition to the record number of flags now flying across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Green Flag Award scheme is currently being piloted across the owrld, including the Netherlands, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi. 

The reasoning behind the introduction of the Green Flag Award into the Republic of Ireland is to better enable the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces, managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The Green Flag Award helps create public recognition of good quality green space and in doing so aims to build people's confidence and appreciation of them. The pilot aspires to raise expectations of what a public green space can offer and to assure people that the high regard they have for their public parks and green spaces is well placed. 

Congratulations to all the staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to get these six sites up to a Green Flag Award standard.