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Call for toilet and showers on the Green

SHOWERS and toilets must be installed in the city centre, the Labour Party has said.

Up to 13 of the party's councillors, including the Lord Mayor Andrew Montague, have put their names to a motion urging Dublin City Council to act on the proposals.

The plans were originally drawn up by the homeless charity Trust but the aim was to provide facilities for all members of the public.

The councillors have asked officials to report on what action will be taken on the project.

They want the managers to devise a strategy to progress "previously agreed plans for a new toilet complex at College Green", beside Trinity College.

Among the councillors who put their names to the motion were Dermot Lacey, Emer Costello, and Maria Parodi.

They said a local authority has the duty to provide "safe and hygienic public toilets".

Dublin's public conveniences have largely fallen into disuse and were poorly maintained while they were open.

The council recently turned to temporary measures to help deal with the problem.

Portaloos were installed on Camden Street in Dublin 2 to tackle the problem of drunken revellers urinating in public.

The council said the facilities had a positive effect, despite criticisms they were unsightly.

The council closed the city centre's public toilets after conditions deteriorated because of a lack of maintenance.

A plan was devised in 2007 to spend €800,000 on the facilities on College Green.

But the economic downturn meant the plans were binned.

Trust has said public showers could be used by a range of people, including residents of hostels and B&Bs, backpackers and long-distance commuters.