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Matthews Calls for Measures to Address Rise in Dog Fouling Cases

Green TD Steven Matthews is calling for increased monitoring and enforcement of dog fouling and has appealed to the public to pick up after their dogs when enjoying the many walking and hiking facilities around Wicklow.

Speaking on the matter, Deputy Matthews said:

“This is an issue which has been raised with me on countless occasions by residents in towns and villages all over Wicklow. Despite repeated efforts by Wicklow County Council and the HSE, and various campaigns targeted at tackling this problem, people not picking up after their dogs is unfortunately still common. We are fortunate in Wicklow to be home to countless incredible walking and hiking routes, where people can bring their dogs for a walk. It the responsibility of all of us that we keep these facilities in the best condition possible.

“It is vital that the enforcement of this issue is prioritised in order to encourage people to do the right thing and use the appropriate bags when walking their dogs around Wicklow. I would like to recognise the wonderful efforts of tidy towns groups across Wicklow who are often relied on to keep our streets clear of this problem. However, resolving this issue should not have to be their responsibility. The local authorities must match these efforts through increased enforcement and monitoring of dog fouling. I will continue to engage with Wicklow County Council seek increased funding to reduce this problem,” Deputy Matthews concluded.



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