A survey by Irish Business Against Litter has signalled an improvement in the cleanliness of cities and towns.

The group deemed 76% of cities and towns to be clean, with Cavan, Kilkenny and Longford said to be the cleanest towns in Ireland.

However, Dublin's north inner city found itself at the bottom of the table and branded a litter blackspot, registering one of the worst results since the league began ten years ago.

While the survey described the grounds of Dublin Airport as "immaculate", tourists arriving there were being greeted by litter on surrounding roads.

However, Director of Operations with Fingal Co Council Michael Lorigan rejected IBAL's findings on the areas around the airport.

Mr Lorigan told RTÉ News that having this morning checked all the roads mentioned in the survey it was "very harsh" to describe them as a litter blackspot.

He acknowledged there is some litter but said anyone travelling the roads would not consider them badly littered.

IBAL's findings are generally positive, with 43% of Irish towns and cities cleaner than the European average.