Limerick City Council aims to address problem of Dog Litter in the City

Limerick City Council aims to address problem of Dog Litter in the City

Press Release

Friday, December 21st 2012

Limerick City Council wishes to announce that it has recently adopted new Dog Litter and Dog Control by-laws 2012.

The aim of the by-laws is to regulate the control of dogs and the collection of dog litter within the administrative area of Limerick city.

The by-laws will come into operation on the 2nd of January 2013 and will be patrolled by the Environment Department of Limerick City Council.

Welcoming the introduction of the by-laws, Mayor of Limerick, Councillor Gerry McLoughlin said; ‘Dog littering is a major problem for many of our footpaths in Limerick.   It is one of the most offensive causes of litter and it is consistently raised as a public concern here in Limerick.  In addition to being offensive, dog fouling can also be a threat to public health.  It is intended that the new by-laws will address this problem on our streets.’

The new by-laws require that:
Any person having charge of a dog shall be responsible for removing and disposing of dog foul after their dog.
Any person in charge of a dog in a public place within the city carry a suitable receptacle, such as a plastic bag, to remove and properly dispose of dog foul.
Any person in charge of a dog in one of the patrolled public parks within the city shall keep the dog on a leash at all times.

The designated patrolled parks are the People’s Park, Pery Square, O’Brien Park, Clare St. and Shelbourne Park, Shelbourne Road.

A person who is in breach of the by-laws can be given a fine of €150 and 21 days to make payment after which the City Council can initiate court proceedings for non-payment.

The By-laws can be viewed on Limerick City Council website or are available free of charge from the Limerick City Council, Environment Department, Merchants Quay, Limerick.


Laura Ryan

Head of Communications
Limerick Communications Office
88 O’Connell Street

t:  00353 (0)61 400010
m:  00353 (0)86 6042544


Last update:03/01/2013