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Cork City Council gets all pawlitical

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 1:01am

Want to go walkies? Then make sure you pick up your dog’s poop!

Cork City Council came under fire from a northside councillor for only issuing one fine for dog fouling in the past seven years.

According to a Cork City Council document, since 2010 there has only been fine issued in respect of dog fouling and this fine was issued on 8 March of this year.

However David Joyce, Director of Services, Environment and Recreation, defended the local authority by saying that in 2016 a subcommittee of council was established to deal with dog fouling. He also said last year saw a total of €32,571 spent on dog fouling awareness-related activities. These included art competitions in schools, the provision of dog poo bags, as well as advertising on radio and in the cinema.

The 2017 budget provides for an expenditure of €20,000 by the ‘Dog Fouling’ subcommittee.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Kenneth O’Flynn raised the issue during question time at Monday’s meeting.

He said: “Recently I was called to a constituent on Blarney Street and we counted over 100 specimens of dog faeces on a Wednesday afternoon. That’s the reality. This actually came about from someone falling in dog faeces on Blarney Street.”

He suggested that it would be better for Cork City Council to use the money to put bins in areas which are popular for walks.

“We’re now seeing a canopy of dog poo bags thrown into bushes and trees on different walks throughout the city,” added Cllr O’Flynn.

Management of Cork City Council said that people should be picking up dog faeces with a dog poo bag and bringing it home to their own bins.

“That’s the safest most efficient way of disposing of it and that’s the message we should getting across,” said a city official.

He asked the Chief Executive Ann Doherty if she really thought the €32,571 that was spent on dog fouling awareness related activities “has been money well spent?”

She said she didn’t think it was badly spent when it was spent on education.



Our love for man’s best friend peaked in 2014, if the number of dog licenses issued is anything to go by. The figures from 2010 to 2017 are as follows:

2010 – 2,033

2011 – 2,823

2012 – 3,033

2013 – 3,212

2014 – 3,294

2015 – 3,034

2016 – 2,567

2017 – 536 (January and February)

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