Saturday 16 December 2017

Busted flush: 25c 'superloo' costs council €16.50 each time it's used

The ‘superloo’ in Carrigaline, only made €450 last year. Photo: Provision
The ‘superloo’ in Carrigaline, only made €450 last year. Photo: Provision
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

It ranks as one of the most expensive flushes in Ireland. Cork County Council has admitted that a new "superloo" in Carrigaline costs about €16.50 every time a member of the public is caught short and opts to 'spend a penny'.

Mayor Seamus McGrath stressed that the clear lesson from the Owenabue car park toilet was that all such public facilities should be located in areas of greatest footfall.

The toilet cost up to €30,000 to construct and maintain.

However, last year it earned just €450 from members of the public, who spent 25c each time to use the facility.

That amounts to fewer than 2,000 flushes over the course of the year.

If construction and operating costs are taken into account, every time the loo was used last year by a member of the public, it cost the council €16.50.

Councillor McGrath said it was clear that lessons had to be learned.

"We can spend €250,000 over the next 10 years and leave it where it is, or move it," he said.

"I think we need to bite the bullet and accept the relocation cost involved."

In 2010, figures revealed that Carlow County Council was spending a massive €750 per week - or €30 per flush - for a Bagenalstown loo.

At the time, only 25 people per week were using the toilet, at a cost of 25c per use. The average weekly earnings for the toilet were a paltry €6.25 - set against the installation and operating cost of more than €30,000 per annum.

Irish Independent

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