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Mary poopins needed!

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 5:01pm

Residents on the south side of Cork city were left wondering, this week, if dog poo bins are working.

A community safety forum for areas like College Road, Magazine Road and Barrack Street heard how people are leaving dog poop just one metre from the designated bins.

A man told the meeting that some people just don’t care about it and won’t pick up their dog’s poop even though they are just one metre away from a bin.

The same man also said that some people do abuse the bins and put their domestic rubbish in it.

Other residents had asked that more bins be installed by the council to tackle the dog poop issue in the area but Martha Halbert from Cork City Council told the meeting that the council aren’t inclined to install more bins because people are use them to dump domestic rubbish in them.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Sean Martin said: “We have to put more bins on the street. That’s a cop out by City Hall saying that people put their domestic rubbish in those bins. We should have more bins and dog poop bags available for people. There should be a pilot project put in a place where by free bags are readily available. Try it in an area where people are constantly leaving dog poop on the ground.”

Luke Field, Labour Party local election candidate, said: “The council’s policy of opposing more dedicated bins to deal with dog fouling is complete nonsense.

“The risk that they could be used as dump sites for domestic rubbish should make no odds – we already have public bins in place that could be used for domestic rubbish, but we provide them on the basis that there is enough legitimate litter to justify them in spite of the risk.

“Also, frankly, how many 'regular' public bins would someone have to walk past with their domestic rubbish in order to illicitly dump it in a bin for dog waste? It really just seems that City Hall isn't keen to provide a common-sense solution that has been repeatedly requested.”

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