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A woman reads her book among some flowers in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

A woman reads her book among some flowers in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

A woman reads her book among some flowers in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Topless sunbathers, staff shushing visitors, squirrels chasing visitors, and overgrown weeds were among the complaints lodged with the Office of Public Works (OPW) about Ireland's leading heritage sites.

At the Botanic Gardens in Dublin, one local resident wrote to complain that the invasive species bindweed was spreading from the gardens on to private property.

"It is encroaching on my back garden," said the complainant.

Another said they had been picking up litter from the gardens but could not find a bin to put them in.

They wrote: "The garden is fabulous but you need bins so that people like me who care will pick up rubbish and put it in a nearby bin."

One visitor wrote to say that people were bringing in food to feed squirrels, which were now chasing people, which was "unnerving".

One other complaint centred on people sunbathing in bikinis or topless. "I understand that the weather is nice... but at the same time it is not a beach and I feel like this behaviour should be patrolled."

At Kilkenny Castle, complaints were received about the lengthy closure of a playground and also a safety risk and accident involving a slide and climbing frame.

A spokesman for the OPW said: "Complaints are acknowledged, investigated and any issues found in terms of either the actions of our own staff or external contractors, or any procedural/communications issues identified are addressed."

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