Where We Go One, We Go All



Malahide, County Dublin

Members of the Fingal Dog Owners Group (Fingal D.O.G) held a protest march through Malahide village in opposition to the newly adopted dog ‘off-leash’ bye-law (4.7) by Fingal County Council (F.C.C) which restricts off-leash activity to designated fenced-in areas and specific times (in smaller parks).


Dog owners in Fingal protest over new rules in public parks (Irish Times)

Sam Boal/RollingNews

27 thoughts on “Where We Go One, We Go All

    1. Mickey Twopints

      As a dog friend I’m inclined to agree. However, I thought this paragraph was interesting:

      “The group says it made a Freedom of Information request to obtain records of all dog-related attacks in the Fingal area for the year 2017. The response stated that 83 had been reported, although it was not specified if the victims were humans or animals. None of the incidents listed occurred in a public park, with housing estates the most common location for the attacks.

      1. Cian

        This is the kind of stupid and useless law that get created when you get a load of Independents + FF + SF running the place.

        Remember this next time there is an election. tick tock.

      2. Zaccone

        Its a ridiculous by-law. Theres no evidence to justify it at all.

        But we all know fact and reasons have no place with county councillors. Why would they bother to do any research on the subject when emotional, irrational NIMBYism can carry the day?

        1. George

          You don’t have to be bitten to be bothered. In my local park large dogs regularly sprint around the place charging at people including kids.

          1. Zaccone

            If you being bothered by dogs running around means they should have to stay on a leash does that mean I can say I’m bothered by your kids running around so they should have to stay on a leash? Everyone is bothered by something.

  1. Janet, I ate my avatar

    honestly seen far more feral kids than dogs in this country with no recall or volume buttons,
    licence and leads ?

  2. Jeffrey

    Stupid protest. The new By-Law is very accommodating to dog owners as it is on LEad only from 11am to 6pm … Besides, make perfect sense as dogs running wild are a nuisance (I have a dog myself, wouldnt dream of letting him loose)

  3. Holden MaGroin

    Why is there a full stop after the “G” in D.O.G. on some of the placards but not in others? Why do they hate me? Why you guys? Why?

  4. topsy

    These dog owners/walkers have some sense of entitlement. The Ward Rivervalley (“The Jacko”) is a beautiful area for walks and also has a childrens play area. Unfortunately it is constantly littered with dog poo and poo litter bags. Dog owners regularly don’t bother cleaning up and many of those who do discard the poo bags in the grass and in the trees which line the path out of the Valley at the Swords Manor end of the park. Disgusting stuff. Also most dogs are allowed run wild, frightening young and old alike.

    1. scottser

      jays, the jacko – i’ve not been there in years. do they still have that paddy’s day tradition of a monster drunken footie match/fist fight?

  5. Dhaughton99

    Towsend st yesterday and there’s on of these bloody fighting dogs marching around on its own with a jacker following. Big black scary thing. Get up to the park beside Patrick’s cathedral and there’s a two Alsatians running around on their own scaring the life out of everyone.

  6. scundered

    If they would clean up their mess this would never have been necessary, especially walkers who let their dog wander freely behind them, crapping all over the place, so owners conveniently cannot see it and can play dumb if challenged about it. Every day I see this behaviour.

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