Closed toilets at popular Wild Atlantic Way spot meant 'children were stepping in human faeces'
Tourists at a popular Wild Atlantic Way destination were greeted with human faeces litter in the area as the public toilets were closed on the hottest weekend of the year so far.
A local councillor in Doolin, Co Clare said the lack of public toilets at Doolin pier resulted in people relieving themselves between parked cars during the recent Bank Holiday weekend.
The public toilets at the pier are only open during the summer months from May to September.
Councillor Bill Slattery told the Clare Champion the litter could ruin the 'excellent reputation' the tourism spot has built up.
"I am told that there were children walking on human faeces," Cllr Slattery said.
"These are children from different countries. This could ruin the excellent reputation that Doolin has built up.
"I am told that the Clare County Council does not have the manpower to open the toilets and that is not good enough.
"I want to see them opened immediately to prevent this type of thing happening and if it has happened, I want to see the area cleaned up," he told the newspaper.
"We are spending millions promoting and marketing the Wild Atlantic Way but when people arrive to a discovery point like Doolin, there are not even basic facilities like toilets.
"That is not good enough. I am annoyed and the people who have complained to me are even more annoyed."
Doolin pier is a popular spot for tourists with ferries in the area providing daily trips to both the Aran Islands and around the Cliffs of Moher.
The local authority is now working to resolve the issue, according to a senior council engineer.