I agree with Fergus Finlay about the over officiousness of the
anti-dog brigade in Dun Laoghaire. The dog owners of D/L should visit
Finglas and Ballymun where we have a far more enlightened attitude to
our woff woffs. Come on John Bailey – what is going on there?
Fergus Finlay’s report (Opinion, Feb 14) on “Why man’s best friend
should be allowed a hassle-free run on beach” states “they don’t like
dogs in Dún Laoghaire County Council and they don’t approve of dog
This is quite simply untrue.
In fact, dedicated council wardens are very often the ones that rescue
stray dogs and bring them to the council pound. There is a happy
outcome for 91% of dogs who are reunited with their owners or
Unfortunately, others have been the subject of neglect and
maltreatment by a minority of dog owners. Because the council cares
about these dogs, it provides the pound and also facilitates funding
to a number of animal welfare charities. In 2011 the Cat and Dog
Protection Association of Ireland, Dublin SPCA, Dogs in Distress, The
Irish Blue Cross, A Dog’s Life and Petwatch were all recipients of
grant funding from the council.
The idea that someone weeping over their dead dog would be alien to
staff in county hall (many of them dog owners themselves) is bizarre
to the extreme.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is a local authority attempting
to achieve a balance between the needs of all beach users, engaging in
a consultation process that values the opinions of dog owners,
swimmers, walkers and all beach users alike — clearly a council that
respects the rights of all, including our much-loved man’s best
Director, Environment, Culture & Community
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council