Clarification on comments made in the media about public toilets and possible rate reductions

At the meeting of the South East Area Committee, a discussion was held on the matter of public toilets in the City.  Councillors were informed of the legal framework around a draft proposal to offer discounts to businesses in specified circumstances.  The legal framework is that the Valuation Office is responsible for the valuation of commercial property. Once the property is deemed rateable by the Commissioner of Valuation, Dublin City Council has no option but to collect rates as determined on the property. There is no provision in law to apply discounts to rates.  

With regard to the general availability of public toilets in the city, Dublin City Council currently provide automated public conveniences at Sandymount Strand and Clontarf. In addition, temporary facilities are provided for major events e.g. Croke Park and Aviva Stadiums.  It is also a requirement for many other events being held in the city that suitable temporary facilities are made available.

The Council provide public toilets in many of the city’s public parks including St. Anne’s and St. Patrick’s Park, Herbert Park, Harold’s Cross and Bushy Park. In 2019 it is planned to have toilets provided in Merrion Square and Fairview Park and additional toilets will be available in St. Anne’s Park and Bushy Park.  Where there are tearooms /cafés within the parks public toilets are provided and maintained by the tearoom / café operator.

Members of the public may also access public toilets in numerous public buildings, transport hubs and major retail centres.