South Dublin County Council have launched a new initiative providing free sanitary products in public toilets at Council offices.
This is in response to a campaign by the Homeless Period Ireland organisation to combat ‘Period Poverty’ that works to support girls and women who require sanitary products but are unable to afford them.
The pilot initiative was launched in County Hall, Tallaght on International Women’s Day by the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Mark Ward.
Period poverty is when a person struggles or is unable to access sanitary products due to financial constraints.
Not having the money for sanitary items can force people to use makeshift and inadequate protection.
In Ireland, 50% of girls aged 12-19 responded to say they have experienced issues in paying for sanitary products, according to Plan International.
Speaking following the launch, Claire Hunt who runs Homeless Period Ireland said:
“Periods happen every month and unless you are experiencing it, it’s not at the forefront of people’s minds.”
“The aim of Homeless Period Ireland is to donate feminine hygiene products, such as pads, tampons, liners and wipes, to those who otherwise would go without.
“The donations are brought by volunteer drivers to Homeless Outreach Centres, Direct Provision Centres and Women’s Refuges.
“The HPI is an initiative, not a charity and is 100% reliant on volunteers for distribution and collection of sanitary products.”
Female sanitary products are available in the publicly accessible toilets in both County Hall, Tallaght and Clondalkin Civic Offices.
Items can be taken free of charge when needed.