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Drinkers' need to spend a penny costs Council €52k a year


Complaints: Portable urinal on Camden Street, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Complaints: Portable urinal on Camden Street, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Complaints: Portable urinal on Camden Street, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

DUBLIN City Council is spending more than €1,000 a week - so that revellers don't have to spend a penny.

The council is spending €50,000 a-year on portable toilets in city centre areas such as Camden Street and Westmorland Street, it has emerged.

According to the council, the scheme was implemented in co-operation with gardai after locals requested it in order to help stamp out late night revellers from urinating in side-streets and alleyways.

In addition to the toilets on the city centre streets, the cost included temporary facilities put in place during events at Lansdowne Road.

"These facilities have worked well and the levels of street urination have actually decreased in the vicinity of the units," the council said.

"The situation is kept under constant review and if there are difficulties they can be brought to the attention of Dublin City Council."

The figures were released by the council in response to a request by councillor Mannix Flynn, who has expressed concern about the facilities.

Speaking to the Herald, the councillor said that the annual cost of renting the portaloos could be better spent on building permanent, underground facilities.


"If you go to London, or Paris or Barcelona, any country, they have these conveniences, but they are coming from the ground," he said.

"I think it's a health risk. It's not stopping anyone from using the laneways and the alleyways," he added.

Cllr Flynn said that he has been approached numerous times by business owners in the vicinity, complaining about the smell from the facilities.

"We're coming up to summertime now and people will be eating at tables on the pavements or going outside for a drink.

"But there's a waft that comes out of those portaloos and it's absolutely disgusting," he added.


One person angered by the stench of the temporary toilets is Bernadette Mulholland, whose family has sold fruit, vegetables and flowers on Camden Street for five generations.

"It has this kind of disinfectant smell, but it's absolutely horrible. You'd have tourists coming down and it's also a big eyesore," she told the Herald.

However, the council has said that had not received any complaints about the units.