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Not one fine issued for dog fouling on Dublin beaches this year

One councillor said there are not enough people employed to monitor the council’s bylaws.

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A DUBLIN COUNCILLOR has expressed concern that the problem of dog fouling on beaches is not being monitored adequately.

Denise Mitchell recently put a question to the county manager about the issue and was told that not one single fine has been issued in 2015 for dog fouling on beaches.

Though the councillor said she knows the Green Dog Walkers Scheme do great work encouraging petowners to clean up after their dogs, she said the problem has not just gone away. She has received numerous complaints about the issue on Dollymount Beach in particular.

“Visitors to the beach are obviously quite concerned as many would have young children and the last thing they want is their child playing among this dirt,” she said.

The problem lies within resources. There are not enough people employed to monitor the bylaws in Dublin City council. Staff numbers in Dublin City Council have been cut to the bone since 2008. At present some people believe there are no consequences for dog fouling therefore they continue allowing it.

“Dublin City Council need to look at employing more people in this area as we cannot continue to allow dog fouling to destroy our beaches, streets and parks”.

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