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Loo patrol Extra temporary toilets and bins installed in Dublin city centre ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

Portaloos will be located in various city centre locations of high footfall


Public toilets on Chatham Row in Dublin city centre

Public toilets on Chatham Row in Dublin city centre

Public toilets on Chatham Row in Dublin city centre

A number of temporary toilets and bins have been installed across Dublin city ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

This comes after Dublin City Council promised to install a further 150 portaloo toilets, 54 large eurobins, and 80 barrel bins in a number of locations in the capital, with specific focus on areas with high footfall.

This is in addition to the existing 3,310 bins and 28 public toilet locations across the city.

On the north side of the city, the toilets will be located on Wolfetone Square, O’Connell Street, Smithfield, the Royal Canal, Mountjoy Square, and Diamond Park.

South of the river, they will be on Sycamore Street, Temple Bar Square, Chatham Row, South King Street, Coppinger Row, Dame Court, Dame Lane, and Merrion Square.

In a statement the Council said: “We will also be putting additional direct labour human resources in place to service the additional waste collection and contracted services for toilet management, including cleaning and queue management.”

The additional toilets will be open from 10am to 11pm daily.

The new public toilets and bins come after scenes of large crowds gathering around South William Street and South Great George’s Street last weekend were described by Tony Holohan as a “major open air party.”

Dr Holohan said he had driven into the city centre to collect someone from work at 8.15pm and was “absolutely shocked” when he saw the size of the crowds congregating.

“Drove into Dublin City Centre to collect someone from work at 815 PM. Absolutely shocked at scenes in South Great George’s St, Exchequer St, South William St area,” he tweeted.

“Enormous crowds – like a major open air party.

“This is what we do not need when we have made so much progress.”

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Preparations are taking place to ensure that the same thing does not happen again, with a number of areas being cordoned off in the city - including the St Stephen’s Green bandstand, which had its fencing pulled down yesterday by crowds of young people.

The bandstand was further fenced off yesterday with park operators the Office of Public Works saying the drastic step was taken to “protect the historic bandstand from any further damage.”

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