In years past, the edges of verges and greens were often left untrimmed because the council didn’t want to pay contractors to do it. It’s a different story now, though.
Dublin City Council is trying foam, flames, vinegar and old-fashioned weeding as it tries to roll back the use of herbicides in the city. But some are asking why weeds have to be weeded out, anyway.
While there have been conflicting reports as to the dangers of glyphosate, found in some weedkillers, Stephen Doody wants Dublin City Council to stop using the chemical.
A fine art student has joined the charge to end the use of herbicides in the city. His first target? To make Grangegorman a herbicide-free haven.
The debate about how to kill our weeds without killing ourselves continues: Dublin City Councillor Ciaran Cuffe called yesterday for a new approach to ridding the city of unwanted plants. He might get his wish.
Kaethe Burt-O’Dea wants Dublin City Council to stop using a weedkiller she believes is carcinogenic. She’d rather see us learn to love our weeds, or spend time outside, pulling up weeds the old-fashioned way, and meeting each other.