ONLY four fines were issued in Limerick City and County for dog fouling last year, according to figures released by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI).
Representatives of the NCBI expressed concerns that low numbers show a lack of enforcement from local authorities, but also indicate the threat of a fine is not enough to encourage pet owners to pick up after their dogs.
It follows the launch of the NCBI annual ‘Clear Our Paths’ campaign in a bid to create a safer and cleaner environment for people who are blind or vision impaired.
As outdoor spaces continue to transform through the summer, many metropolitan areas have become pedestrianised with outdoor furniture and dining spaces taking up previously empty pathways, representatives of the NCBI have noted.
Blind and vision-impaired people have expressed concerns about these alterations, which make previously familiar streets disorientating for them.
‘Clear Our Paths’ highlights the everyday obstacles that could easily be removed to help those trying to navigate through the streets safely.