Park dog runs to be considered

Meath County Council has agreed to look at providing dog runs in the Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin public parks.

Council staff are currently reviewing dog runs in Dublin and Fingal County Councils for costings to decide if it feasible in the Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne facilities.

At a meeting of Ratoath Municipal District last week, Cllr Damien O'Reilly called on the council to consider installing dog run in both parks.

“A lot of residents have asked for these in recent times.

“People want places where they can let their dogs run freely.

“Especially as housing density is increasing, these failities are needed and are very popular in other countries.”

The meeting heard the Council is involved in regular education and awareness initiatives promoting responsible dog ownership and its limited resources are devoted to ensuring compliance with these provisions, but a commitment was given to consider the proposal.

The issue was also raised at last months meeting of Navan Municipal Council, when Cllr Eddie Fennessy proposed that they consider the installation of a dog run/park on the riverside park.

He asked the Executive to recognise the growing demand for an amenity that allows dog owners to exercise their pets free from the constraints of a leash.