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Dog fouling crisis on city pier walk

Dog excrement is littering Dun Laoghaire, after council cutbacks saw the withdrawal of pooper-scooper bags.

Residents are furious over the state of the footpaths and the pier, and have demanded that the council take action to clean up the mess.

The harbour area of Dun Laoghaire is especially marred with dog excrement, as their owners fail to clean up after their pets.

Councillor Cormac Devlin said Dun Laoghaire County Council had to withdraw their pooper-scooper bags due to cutbacks in the recession.

"The council is looking to householders to bring their own bags, but in fairness it's only right that the council provide the bags, since people pay dog licences," he said.


"I've had a number of constituents on to me about the local parks and roads. It's a big gripe with people where some residents aren't cleaning up."

Cllr Devlin said he appealed to the council to keep the service of pooper-scooper bags in the area when the Budget for the county was being passed at the end of last year.

"I did criticise the decision when the council was putting it through, and I appealed to the environment section to keep it going," he said.

But he added: "Dog-owners have a responsibility too. If you buy a dog, you know the responsibilities that come with it."

Under the Litter Pollutions Acts 1997-2003, it is an offence not to clean up after your dog.

The penalty is €150 on-the-spot fine, and failure to pay can result in a prosecution and court fines of up to €3,000.

Councillor Richard Boyd Barrett added that the soiled footpaths are just one of the "deeply unpleasant" consequences of cutbacks, which will bring a reduction in services.

A county council spokesperson said the pier is outside the operative area of the county council and is the responsibility of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Authority.

A spokesperson for the harbour authority said several checks are carried out daily on the harbour by staff, and the dog excrement is cleaned up during these checks.