ONE Cork Councillor has shown he is serious about cleaning up our streets - by suggesting that DNA testing dogs could tackle fouling on local pavements.
Cork canines could come in for the CSI treatment if the local authority takes up Cllr Kevin O'Keeffe's unusual approach to foiling pooping pooches in Fermoy.
Cllr Kevin O'Keeffe (FF) - pictured - raised the novel idea at Tuesday's meeting of the Council's Fermoy Area Committee.
The issue of dog fouling on the Pike Road was raised for the second consecutive meeting when Cllr O'Keeffe proposed his unusual plan. "I have read of cases in Germany and the US where they've carried out DNA testing on dog fouling to trace the dogs responsible," he explained to fellow councillors. Cllr O'Keeffe then circulated copies of a newspaper article that showed examples of the DNA testing of dog mess, where databases have been created to trace persistent offenders.
"I'm very impressed with Cllr O'Keeffe's knowledge of dog fouling," Cllr Noel McCarthy (Lab) said.
"Would you suggest we build a prison for these offenders as well?" senior council official Michael Cremin added.