‘Simple’ message to stop dog fouling in Limerick city

Aidan McDermott, RiteView, Mayor Kathleen Leddin and Maura ONeill, Tidy Towns, launching the service. Picture: Alan Place
LIMERICK City Council is employing a novel method to urge dog owners to clean-up after their pets.

LIMERICK City Council is employing a novel method to urge dog owners to clean-up after their pets.

The local authority has installed two audio devices on either side of the River Shannon to beseech owners to “do your bit to keep Limerick clean”.

The mobile programmable audio systems, developed by NUI Maynooth based company Riteview Solutions, will be moved around the city over the coming months, with the council considering the option of installing additional devices.

The devices, located on the city boardwalks, will be triggered by people walking past and will transmit the message: “Do your bit to keep Limerick clean. Stop Limerick dog litter. Use any bag, any bin - please pick up after your dog.”

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin, welcomed the initiative.

“It really is important for dog owners to continue to become more responsible and to pick up their dogs litter considering dog waste is not only a nuisance but can also carry diseases which can be harmful to humans,” she said.

“I would urge dog owners to dispose of such litter in the nearest litter bin or dog fouling bin.”

Aidan McDermott of Riteview Solutions who developed the devices, said they were “particularly suitable for raising awareness in relation to dog litter and we are delighted to have been engaged by Limerick City and County Council on this initiative”.

The initiative was also welcomed by the Limerick City Tidy Towns Committee, which regularly undertakes clean-ups throughout the city in conjunction with the local authority.

Sinead McDonnell, environment awareness officer, said: “The message we are promoting is simple; always carry a bag to clean up after your dog.

“Failing to clean up after your dog is the same as littering and is an offence under the Litter Pollution Acts. There are now a wide range of options available to dog owners for cleaning up after their dogs.”