Sinn Féin councillor Pearse McGeough has pleaded for the non-return of a dog waste bin after it – and it’s contents – were supposedly stolen from the entrance to the children’s playground in Castlebellingham last month.
In an unusual move, the Ardee Municipal District councillor drew attention to the strange theft but did not request those responsible to return the missing bin, contents included. According to Cllr McGeough representatives from the village’s Tidy Towns group and officials at Louth County Council confirmed to him that the bin had not been removed from the entrance on the Dublin Rad for any purpose, leading McGeough to conclude the bin had been stolen.
“I went down to the playground to see for myself as I thought it may have been vandalised but sure enough, it was gone and not only that but someone had taken the trouble to actually unscrew it from the post to remove it,” he said. The Tidy Towns group have requested for the bin to be replaced but the local authority say there is no need, as long as dog owners bag the waste and dispose of it in general waste bins provided.
Cllr McGeough says he too would like to see the bin replaced, as it was used regularly. “The majority of dog owners in the Castlebellingham area are responsible owners and used the bin regularly while walking their pets.”
First elected in 2004, the Sinn Féin councillor says this incident is a first for him.
“In all my years as a councillor, I never thought I would be asking people to leave the dog poo bins alone and not to be stealing them for yourselves. What is more worrying is that the contents of the bin appear to have been stolen as well as they certainly weren’t left behind. The mind boggles,” he said. “In this case, I am not making a request for the return of the stolen item or its contents.”