Dr Tom Cavanagh R.I.P.

The death has occurred of Dr. Tom Cavanagh, founder and chairman of Irish Business Against Litter.

A successful Fermoy-based businessman, Tom set up IBAL in 1996 as an alliance of businesses sharing a belief that Ireland’s economic success was contingent on a clean environment.

He devised the Anti-Litter League in 2002 as a ‘name and shame” instrument to pressurise local authorities into giving greater priority to the issue of litter. It brought about an immediate effect across the towns surveyed and remains the mainstay of our work today, having been extended to include cities and coastal areas.

In 2014 Tom received an award from then Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Irish Hotels Federation President Michael Vaughan in recognition of his services to the hospitality sector in Ireland.

He served as Chairman up until his passing and his support for IBAL continues through his philanthropic foundation.

May he Rest In Peace.