Dublin councillors want to spend millions on 'posh' public loos

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Posh councillors want to spend millions on installing Parisian loos in Dublin, a Fine Gael councillor has claimed.

Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council David McManus has claimed he was told by a colleague the fancy jacks could cost €250,000 each and said the idea needs to be “flushed down the toilet.”

A spokesman for SDCC has said two locations are being trialled for initial evaluation.

If successful and according to minutes of a meeting in October, the motion, if passed, could see “two self cleaning outdoor public toilets on the high streets of each of the seven local electoral areas of the county.”

The motion put forward by Independent councillor Eoin O’Broin also said it would “liaise with the City of Paris if any advice on the matter was needed.”

Cllr McManus claims this could cost over €3 million if it goes ahead and has said the loos “must be made of gold.”

He said: “We passed a motion to examine to have a feasibility study on these public toilets and it’s madness.

“At €250,000 each these toilets must be made gold plated or made of marble.

“We could build a homeless family a house for €250,000.

“If this continues as it is we’re going to be a spendthrift council out of control.

“The feasibility study for public toilets should be flushed down the loo.”

He said due to this “reckless spending” it is inevitable property tax and commercial rates will have to be increased in time.

Independent councillor Eoin O’Broin said the toilets “can’t happen fast enough.”

Mr O’Broin who lived in Paris said there is a desperate need for the self-cleaning toilets given Covid has everyone spending a lot more time outside.

When contacted about the plush loos, Eddie Conroy, County Architect for South Dublin County Council said the €250,000 figure was “quoted as an extreme cost of a better-quality building.”

He said: “There was an approved amendment that limited it to two trial locations for initial evaluation.

“The feasibility is to evaluate best design and value options for chosen locations.

“This was not intended as a bench-mark for smaller more local interventions as you can appreciate.

“I feel the project can be safely tackled by SDCC without troubling the city of Paris.”

Meanwhile, Cllr McManus said the council is also planning to spend €160,000 on a webcasting service so council meetings can be viewed online.

He said this would turn the chamber into a “cinema complex.”

He said: “I can’t look constituents in the eye and pretend that our Council spends money carefully as some Councillors want to spend €160,000 on a webcam and over €3 million on public toilets.”

Source: Dublin News