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Spitting feathers Seagulls becoming "health and safety issue" in Dublin, Sinn Fein TD says

"I have a constituent who has 18 nests on her roof - her life has been made absolutely miserable by them"

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Seagulls scavenge for food in Howth, Co Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Seagulls scavenge for food in Howth, Co Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Seagulls scavenge for food in Howth, Co Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Seagulls are becoming a “public health and safety issue” for people in Dublin, a Sinn Féin TD has said.

Louise O’Reilly, a TD for the Dubiln Fingal area, said that the population of coastal birds in the capital is “increasing at quite an alarming rate” and becoming a “nuisance” for residents.

She told Newstalk Breakfast that she has received a number of complaints about seagulls in areas such as Balbriggan, Howth, and Skerries.

Ms O’Reilly explained: “I think it’s serious because it’s a public health and safety issue.

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Not even the coronavirus can keep the seagulls at bay. Photo: REUTERS

Not even the coronavirus can keep the seagulls at bay. Photo: REUTERS

Not even the coronavirus can keep the seagulls at bay. Photo: REUTERS

“I live in a coastal community... We have an issue around urban gulls. The population has increased.

“I have people living close to me here… who have [seagull] nests on their roof. They can’t sleep.

“I have a constituent who has 18 nests on her roof - her life has been made absolutely miserable by them. So, there’s no disputing that action needs to be taken.

“That’s before you even get to the obvious problems caused by the seagull waste... We know they damage property; we know that they keep people awake from around 5 o’clock in the morning.”

She believes that the Government must work towards controlling the seagull population in Dublin, and added that ministers need to cooperate with local communities to address the issue.

“The solution is to control the population and ensure that we redirect them where possible out to places where it would be more appropriate for them to nest,” the politician said.

“This is not just an issue of nuisance... What we haven’t had from Government is action.

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