Sir - The chronic need for the provision of public toilets in Dublin is an appalling indictment of past and present city councillors who like to project Dublin as a modern European capital city.
If past exertions by our city fathers on this issue is an indication of future endeavours, then Ireland will remain a third world country when it comes to providing public conveniences for natives and visitors alike. With almost 10 million tourists visiting Ireland last year, the dearth of public toilets is a scandal that ridicules the Draft Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022 calling for the provision of more public conveniences.
Dublin City Council continues to abdicate responsibility to provide this much-needed service and seems content to depend on shopping centres and other private outlets to provide this service for citizens. With an increasing number of pubs and hotels displaying signs on their premises advising people that toilets are for customer use only, one is expected to spend money purchasing food or drink in advance of using the toilet. And to think that this country had aspirations to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup finals and even flirted with the idea of bidding for the hosting of the Olympic Games.