Calls for more public toilet facilities in Cork city

Calls for more public toilet facilities in Cork city
The Public toilet on Grand Parade which is no longer in use

CALLS have been made for more public toilet facilities to be provided in Cork.

The issue was raised at this month’s meeting of Cork City Council by Green Party Councillor Lorna Bogue.

She said that the lack of facilities for the public currently, especially due to Covid-19, is creating an accessibility issue.

Her motion called for Cork City Council to “investigate providing public toilet facilities to compensate for the current lack of facilities” given that pubs, restaurants and retail outlets are closed due to Covid-19.

The issue is due to be discussed at the relevant committee before it can progress, however Ms Bogue said she was hopeful the changes would be discussed and implemented in a timely manner.

“It’s an issue that needs to be resolved soon. I see that Dublin City Council have put in facilities for public toilets. And that’s something that I think we should be doing here.

“It creates an accessibility issue,” Ms Bogue said.

She added that a variety of people with different types of disabilities, parents with young kids and older people can find it difficult to access adequate facilities with so many premises closed currently.

A number of councillors got behind her motion, including Sinn Féin's Mick Nugent who highlighted the public toilets on Grand Parade that were taken out of use.

In 2019, City Hall officials said a lack of both demand and funding meant the public toilets on Grand Parade would remain closed for the foreseeable future. They had also been a notable area for drug use and vandalism, and the upkeep of the facilities was very costly.

Mr Nugent has labelled them an eyesore and said: “Particularly with Covid-19 we need facilities in the city centre.”

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