Jonesboro litter pick up a huge success

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Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Sinn Féin’s Anthony Flynn has commended members of the 12th Armagh Slieve Gullion Scout Group who took part in a major litter pick up around the Jonesboro area on Monday 23rd April. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Flynn said, “This group of young people really impressed me this evening with their unselfishness and sense of community spirit. They worked solidly for hours and in the end over 40 black bags full of rubbish were collected from our roads, laneways and green areas. I must also pay tribute to their parents and Scout leaders, we all know its easier to sit at home and complain about litter rather than doing something about it. These young people have wonderful role models to aspire to in the future.” The Scouts were supported in their endeavour by members of the local Francis Jordan Sinn Féin Cumann who also gave up their evening to join the litter pick, as councillor Flynn explained, “Members of the Francis Jordan Cumann, including myself, were only too happy to assist with this worthwhile event and I believe the Scouts will be continuing their good work in other areas over the coming weeks. I must also thank Newry & Mourne District Council who supplied the materials needed for this cleanup and who also provided refreshments for the young people. In particular Liam Dinsmore should be mentioned for attending on the evening and speaking to the children about road safety issues.” Finally councillor Flynn urged motorists not to litter the countryside with their refuse. He added, “Although this litter pick up was a great success, it should not be necessary for children to clean up after motorists using our roads. I appeal to all road users to take home their own rubbish and not to dump it on the side of the road.”
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