Dog walkers in Celbridge and north Kildare are having a dogs life over dog poop and there are claims that Dublin dogs are being served better than Kildare pooches, judging by a discussion on fouling bags and bins at a Kildare County Council meeting.
Celbridge based Cllr Ide Cussen was very unhappy with a response from officials at the Celbridge-Leixlip Municipal District meeting on January 18.
She had proposed dog fouling bags be provided on chosen popular dog walking routes in Celbridge and Leixlip and that bins be moved to these routes or extra bins provided.
But area engineer, Cyril Buggie, said the current bin collection vehicle is operating at maximum capacity and not further bins can be serviced by the current resources.
He said they could look at relocating current bins from one location to another if there was no extra money found.
Cllr Cussen was unhappy saying the reply was “totally unacceptable” and that they had dog bags in Naas and other areas. “I don’t think they had to add more bins in Naas,” she said.
She said they had provided a budget of €7,000 for dogs.
Speaking of St Catherine’s Park, between Leixlip and Lucan, which crosses into more than one local authority area, Cllr Cussen said:“Your dog has to run to Dublin to do his business.”
Cllr Cussen said the paws of her own dog in Celbridge were full of dog poop and partially sighted people were getting it on their shoes. “Nine out of ten people would prefer to walk on chewing gum than dog poop,” said Cllr Cussen.
Cllr Bernard Caldwell said most counties have facilitated dog bags and bins. “People are more conscious of it now,” he said.
Cllr Joe Neville said his four year daughter got dog poop on her shoes following a two minute walk along the Rye river. “I know some people are not picking it up after them but we don’t have bins in some areas and Naas does,” he said.
Cllr Michael Coleman said Celbridge Main Street was full of poop on Christmas day but he questioned if bins would work.
Cllr Brendan Young said that a €7,000 budget they had set aside would provide bags but he he said that Kildare County Council had the second lowest spending and staff per population in the country.
But Cllr Anthony Larkin said he was “totally against bins” as they were not part of the solution. “We need to prosecute for dumping,” he said, adding that 99% of people look after their dogs well.
Cllr Cussen said she was surprised to hear they did not need bins. “We have 20,000 dogs in the county and not all of them have licences. Licences would provide money,” she said.
Council official, Eamon Fagan, said it was more difficult to prosecute for dog fouling. He said the Naas service was a carry over from the former Town Council.
Mr Fagan said he did not what the impact of the €7,000 would have.
Cllr Cussen said the dog fouling problem was not the biggest one in the county but it was discussed every other month.