Visitors to Meath are being encouraged to spend as many euros as they can in the county but according to one councillor at yesterday’s meeting of MCC they are on a loo-ser if they try to spend a penny.
At yesterdays gathering, Aontú councillor, Emer Tóibín, raised the need for more public toilets in certain urban high demand areas in Meath and mentioned that there was only one in Bettystown and one in Trim, which is now closed.
She put forward this motion to the meeting.
“That Meath County Council commits to providing public toilets in certain urban high demand areas across Meath over the next number of years to meet the demand in an affordable and sustainable way.”
Tóibín claimed that there is a “over reliance” on toilets in shopping centres, cafés and hotels. But stated that she does not want this to be an “overnight thing”, like the measures carried out in Dublin, but a “gradual thing” citing the type of public toilets you see in France or Germany.
She regarded loos as a “public service” and suggested everyone pay 50c. addressing the council she criticised the ways they talk about “tourism in Meath” and an “outdoor Summer”, but don’t have the facilities for it.
Tóibín’s motion was supported by Cllr Sarah Reilly (FG) who tried to make an amendment to the motion, by removing the word “urban”, and mentioned that she submitted a similar motion at a Kells MC meeting.
Cllr Gerry O’Connor then revealed he’s a LiveLine listener when he told of a man he heard on the Joe Duffy Show. He claimed this man was offering to clean and look after public toilets for a fee and suggested that the council should look into that.
Cllr Alan Tobin said that there is a need for everyone to be able to access any new toilets, especially people with disabilities.
Tóibín replied to Reilly’s suggestion, claiming that she “doesn’t want to make it difficult” and wants to keep her motion as is.
She admitted it would cost a lot of money, but wants to make sure there is no anti-social behaviour and that mothers can change their babies at these public toilets, again making reference to the toilets in France and Germany.
Meath County Council said that they will prepare a report on this. The powers that be sounded interested in this proposal and perhaps soon, Meath will be preparing for a royal flush.