Limerick County Council swoops to scoop doggy poops from public parks

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

THE ‘scourge’ of dog mess in public areas looks set to be eliminated in two County Limerick parks following the installation of two pooper scooper dispensers – the first of their kind to be unveiled in the county.

THE ‘scourge’ of dog mess in public areas looks set to be eliminated in two County Limerick parks following the installation of two pooper scooper dispensers – the first of their kind to be unveiled in the county.

The machines which are situated in the Demesne in Newcastle West and at the park in Castletroy have the twin benefits of providing dog owners with “poop bags” to enable them to clean up after their dogs and dispose of the waste, while at the same time safeguarding public health.

“The Castle Demesne is probably the flagship amenity in Newcastle West. It’s great to have this facility available for the public so that they can go out and walk the dogs and the dogs can do their business and their owners can avail of this service,” said Cllr Damien Riedy.

“Full credit to the council for providing it. It’s a lovely looking machine – modern, and it has a facility within the machine as well to dispose of the dog’s business.” he said.

“There has been one unveiled in Castletroy as well and if the facility is a success it will be rolled out to parks and playgrounds across the county and the Demesne might be able to get another one or two of these machines due to the size of the area.” he added.

Cllr Mary Jackman also welcomed the unveiling of the dispenser in Castletroy. “The pooper scooper is right at the entrance to the park. It is a major amenity and I would be asking the general public to utilise the park with their dog but also to take heed of the pooper scooper because it is their park and it should be kept in pristine condition,” she said.