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Residents hit out after eight portable toilets installed at Portobello Plaza

The portaloos 'placed right by the harbour area' as part of the council's plan to combat antisocial behaviour
Portobello Plaza. Photo: Collins

Portobello Plaza. Photo: Collins

Neasa Cumiskey

Residents of Portobello are outraged at Dublin City Council’s decision to install portable toilets near the Portobello Plaza, it has been claimed.

Eight portaloos were delivered to the south city centre suburb and “placed right by the harbour area” as part of the Council’s plan to combat antisocial behaviour.

But local residents are unimpressed with the decision and state that they were not consulted about the plan to introduce public toilets in the area, with the Portobello Residents Association calling for the Council to remove the facilities completely.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Labour Senator and Labour Candidate for Dublin Bay South Ivana Bacik said the introduction of portable toilets was a “badly conceived decision” and is working towards finding a solution to the problem.

She said: “I’ve been working very closely with local councillors, particularly with our Labour Councillor Kevin Donoghue, and we’ve been trying to achieve a resolution that will meet the concerns of local residents who have been very distressed and very, very intimidated in some cases by what’s been happening on the Plaza but also to ensure that our public spaces remain accessible.

“What people really objected to was the fact that these portaloos had arrived suddenly without consultation or notification and the fact that there are so many of them.

“It looks like it’s almost preparing for a festival or a big crowd to gather and that’s not really in anyone’s interest.

However, Senator Bacik admitted that the Council fencing off the Portobello Plaza area “is not a long-term, sustainable plan” and that it requires a more efficient solution.

She told listeners that she and Cllr Kevin Donoghue have proposed “a closure of the Plaza late in the evening.” She said that this would be “like a public park and it would be kept open during the day.”

“That seemed to be the compromised solution that would have met the concerns of local residents while still retaining a public space as an accessible space,” Ms Bacik added.

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