NOT A single fine was issued for dog fouling in Dublin in 2019

by Gazette Reporter

NOT A single fine was issued for dog fouling in Dublin in 2019, according to new figures obtained by the Green Party.

The statistics show just four fines were issued 2018. In 2017, 26 fines were levied across Dublin City, with 20 of these coming in the South Central area. Almost one quarter of the fines went unpaid.

The figures were released by Dublin City Council in response to a question from Cllr Darcy Lonergan (GP).

Cllr Lonergan, said: “We need to cut the crap, it’s appalling. By failing to issue even a single fine in over a year, we’re sending the message that you won’t get caught.

“Dog poo contains nasty bacteria like E-Coli and parasites like ringworm. One gram has 23 million coliform bacteria which can lead to diarrhoea and intestinal illness. By leaving it on the ground you’re risking the health of kids that play in parks.”

Urging a rethink on how fines are implemented the Cllr added: “We need more manpower on the ground. Perhaps a model of empowering tidy towns to implement fines could be considered”. 

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