Dublin’s local authorities join forces to combat dog fouling on the beaches, parks and streets this summer


Dublin’s four local authorities launched a summer campaign to combat dog fouling at 11am in Newtownsmith, Dun Laoghaire, today.

The campaign again shows how committed the four authorities are to working together to address the dog fouling problem which affects streets, parks and open spaces across Dublin city and county.

“Dogs are the responsibility of their owners and not cleaning up after your dog is absolutely unacceptable. Dublin City Council is joining with the other Dublin local authorities and asking all dog owners to play their part this summer by always cleaning up after their dog”, says Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke.

He attended the launch of the campaign in Dun Laoghaire today with Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown Cathaoirleach Cllr. Marie Baker, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mags Murray, and Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr. Fintan Warfield.

The campaign will see new ‘Bin the Poo’ signs put up in public spaces around Dublin city and county.  The signs highlight the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their dogs and remind them to ‘leave only paw prints’. The four authorities expect to erect 3,000 of them over the course of the year. The signs can be viewed on www.dlrcoco.ie

Each local authority will also broadcast an audio message at two public locations asking dog owners to dispose of their dog waste responsibly. The message has been trialled successfully by Fingal County Council.


For more information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170,

Notes to the Editor

Signs not Fines

The ongoing campaign responds to findings of a Millward Brown poll commissioned by Dublin City Council last year. It found that while 65% of respondents felt dog litter is a problem, 30% felt more education and awareness would improve the situation. Only 10% felt more wardens and fines would help tackle the problem and only 2% wanted new laws.

Public information used to inform where signs are located

In November 2013, a new hotline number was launched for Dubliners to report dog fouling issues - 1800 251 500.  This information was used to identify dog fouling ‘blackspots’ and these areas will be targeted for the new signage.

How many Dogs are in Dublin?

There are over 30,000 dogs living in Dublin. The four Dublin authorities have issued 20,758 dog licenses so far in 2014 (Fingal 5,967, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 5, 949, South Dublin 4,871 and Dublin City 3,971).