Action is needed to clean up the littered streets of Limerick as rubbish poses a threat to tourism in the city.

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the mid-west of Ireland and it earned £56 million in 1983.

However departing visitors often take away with them memories of Limerick's dirty streets rather than the beauties of Lough Derg.

Limerick travel agent Tony Brazil is chairman of Shannonside Tourism Organisation and a director of Bord Fáilte. He would like to see Limerick Corporation take action against litter in the city. He is worried tourists will be put off staying in the city for long periods and fears this could have an adverse effect on the shops, restaurants and accommodation providers who could benefit.

Unfortunately Limerick at the moment is not a city that would encourage people to stay.

Tony Brazil is baffled by the lack of urgency to solve the litter problem however Limerick Corporation is reviewing the refuse collection service. There are plans to to clean the streets more regularly, with emphasis on early morning sweeping. Tougher litter by-laws will also be introduced.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 May 1984. The reporter is Michael Walsh.

The track accompanying this clip is ‘Limerick You’re a Lady’ by Denis Allen.