The proliferation of dog foul on the streets of Tipperary town was branded as ‘disgraceful’ by Councillor Billy Bourke at the March meeting of the local Town Council.
Cllr. Bourke said that there was no escape from dog foul on the streets and called on the Council to get tough on dog owners.
Supporting this call, Mayor Ruadhri Devitt asked that the Council fine offending dog owners.
However Town Clerk Paul Murray explained that there are practical difficulties and complexities in imposing fines in this circumstance.
He also informed the members that he would be in contact with Carrick on Suir Town Council with regard to specific bin they had purchased to help with this problem.
Mr. Murray explained that the bin cost in the region of €2,000 and he would like to find out if the bin was being used properly in Carrick on Suir before they invested.
Cllr. Jacqui Finnan asked if the public had been made aware of the availability of free pooper scoopers from the Town Council offices or that if the waste was placed in a plastic bag that it could be disposed of in an ordinary street bin. However she said that she would like to see a specific bin in place in the Tipperary Hills as this was a valuable public amenity and was in effect the Town Park that many people used for walking their dogs and at present there was no bin to dispose of dog foul.
She added that it was more imperative that this issue be addressed as the town was participating in the Gold Star initiative.
Calling on the Chamber of Commerce to encourage their members to keep Pooper Scoopers on their premises, Cllr. Anna Touhy Halligan also asked business to highlight the availability of these by placing signs in their windows.
Cllr. Leahy asked if the Council were aware of smaller bins that are being used at beaches to collect dog foul and may not be as expensive.
He also enquired if there had ever been a successful prosecution against Dog Fouling.
Mr. Murray replied not that he was aware of as there were certain difficulties surrounding proof.