Council may now buy back €400,000 'Loo with a View'
The site of a dilapidated public toilet, which was bought by developers for €400,000 at the height of the property bubble, could soon be returned to its original function and become Ireland's most expensive toilet.
The tiny site, which is located on the Lahinch Promenade in Co Clare, was sold at public auction in June of 2008 – at which time it was dubbed the 'Loo with a View'.
The 290sqm site was purchased from Clare County Council for €400,000 – or almost €1,380 per square metre – but was never developed.
Money from the sale was ring-fenced by the council for the development of new public toilets as part of the Lahinch master plan, but this has been stalled as Clare County Council sought matching funding from Failte Ireland.
Councillors at this week's north Clare area meeting said that the time had come to abandon plans for new toilet facilities and repurchase the 'Loo with a View'.
"Surely to God we could buy back that block (the Loo with a View) at the top of the promenade and put in place a state-of-the-art toilet there," said Cllr Bill Slattery (FG).
He added: "The criticism that we are getting in Lahinch because of the lack of toilets is unreal. I am very frustrated with the situation. Nothing has been done by Clare County Council or Failte Ireland."
Makeshift public facilities are provided for beachgoers at Lahinch Seaworld – which councillors say are not suitable for the number using Lahinch beach during the summer.