A Good Day To Bury Bad News


This afternoon.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon launched Dublin City Council’s new dog fouling awareness campaign entitled ‘Dog Poo, It’s Everybody’s Business’.

Dublin City Council’s Litter Prevention Officer, Ms. Bernie Lillis said:

“The message we want to get across to dog owners and dog walkers is when they clean up after their dog, they should not leave the doggie bag on railings or in bushes or on the streets or footpaths, instead they should ‘Bag it and Bin it’.”

Or, as they say in Bray…

Dog Poo, It’s Everybody’s Business’ – New Dog Fouling Campaign Launched (Dublin City Council)

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19 thoughts on “A Good Day To Bury Bad News

  1. Ben Redmond

    No government of ‘change’ – no indoor meetings of more than a hundred people – no toilet rolls in the big supermarkets – Dublin streets booby trapped with dog poo.
    It is the end of civilization as we know it.

  2. Andrew

    Dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs are already ‘aware’ it’s not acceptable. They don’t care though.
    Outsource litter and dog warden duties like the parking clampers. Enforcement of the law is what is needed.

  3. Áine

    Then give us some bins you stingy sillies. I can walk for miles in suburban Dublin without seeing a public bin.

  4. f_lawless

    I remember a while ago talking to a neighbour who was born in Germany and she said a big difference between here and there is that there’s way more public bins everywhere for people to deposit their dogs’ poo.
    I do get the impression there’s a lack of public bins in Dublin – way less that there used to be – and while it’s not an excuse for irresponsible behaviour, at the end of the day, it’s human nature. People are less inclined to carry around bags of poo for long periods of time.

    So why is there much less public bins than before I wonder? Has it been the gradual drift towards a more neoliberal ideology – the privatisation and minimising of public services? When the old nationalised house-to-house bin collection service was taken over by private companies, it triggered an increasing trend in public bins being used for household rubbish, which in turn was seen as the justification to greatly reduce the number those bins available to the public, perhaps?

    1. Archie

      No excuse. If you’re gonna take Fido for a walk you should have enough doggie bags with you. The grim part is anytime I take ours for a walk I end up picking up after about 3 other culprits.

      1. f_lawless

        But the point I was making is that in general I think the reality is people are not inclined to carry bags of poo for a long time or walk for long distances with bags of poo in their hands. Short of putting wardens on every second street corner, I don’t think you’re going to change that aspect of human nature any time soon. The system is clearly not working and is also making the more conscientious citizens such as yourself resentful to others.

    2. jason

      People don’t want to pay for bins, dump rubbish at public bins, means council have to clean up….. eventually. It’s all a result of, privatise everything, drive for profit type of society, that leads to a selfish mindset that has no sense of community and feels they have to pay for everything so a big f you to the privatisation of society. or something like that, I lost my train of thought near the end. Too much cans of bass!

    3. jamesjoist

      I think part of the problem is that people living in small flats (bedsits?) were depositing their refuse in them . It’s a big problem when many tenants in a single house are each expected to for recycling and waste bins, and where are they to be stored etc

  5. Matt Pilates

    If you can shoot dogs for worrying sheep, it seems reasonable to shoot dog owners who worry the rest of us.

  6. Shayna

    Does anyone remember this:
    https://www.broadsheet.ie/2015/02/04/no-more-soft-touch-regulation/ ? I do, I typed the transcription. That was 5 years ago. DCC’s poster campaign at the time clearly didn’t convey the message
    sufficiently (Bag the poo, any bin will do!). This is pre-supposing that there will be a bin? Stepping in dog poo is up there with trodding on an upright nail – except for the smell.
    I don’t have a dog, but a lot of my friends in Belfast do. They are all fastidious with the poo. To be fair, Belfast types pick up the poo. It’s an £80 fine here, enforceable, on the spot. “Dog Poo Enforcement Vans” patrol with the full might of the law. I walked my neighbour’s dog, Taurus – a Mastiff/Labrador cross – I was fully equipped with a baggie. Taurus decided to take a poo on the street – it was a yard brush and shovel that I needed, rather than a baggie. I did my best.

    1. V


      I didn’t know you were one of the house transcribers Shayna

      I should have guessed really

      Good job, and fair dues to ya
      I often marveled at the patience involved

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