Dog beach ban to run and run
Madam -- Last week Eoghan Harris wrote about the new Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 2012 beach bye-laws dealing with the leashing of dogs on beaches, voted by a majority of 19 to 7 councillors on October 8 and coming into effect on January 1, 2013.
In a posted comment on his article, Cllr Patricia Stewart says he got it all wrong and that dogs can freely be let off the leash outside of swimming areas. What she failed to state is that access to the unleashed area of the beach at Seapoint for local dog owners has been made more difficult by imposing a total exclusion order on walking dogs on a leash at any time of the year through the designated bathing area via the Martello Tower and, in practice, preventing access to the beach via the normal beach route. Dog owners are similarly excluded access at any time of year to the designated bathing area at Sandycove beach and further restricted to off-leash exercise outside this designated area to before 10am and after 7pm.
We very much welcome the easing of leash-only regulations at Killiney beach but remain somewhat puzzled as to why dogs must be kept on a leash at all times outside of the summer season in the designated bathing area.