An Taisce are barking up the wrong treeAn Taisce’s Ian Diamond clarifies issues around criteria for blue-flag statuswww.irishtimes.com
Following a series of reports that An Taisce is leading the battle to ban dogs from the State’s 83 blue-flag beaches, the organisation’s Ian Diamond is feeling misunderstood.
“I don’t hate dogs”, Mr Diamond says, pointing out that Blue Flag International – the global body which governs the coveted awards – warned last year that some qualifying beaches were not honouring long-standing rules.
Under what’s known as Criterion 23, the rules declare that beach access “by dogs and other domestic animals must be strictly controlled” and that they be allowed only in “the parking areas, walkways and promenades in the inland beach areas”.
Are these guys for real?
Dogs don't have to be on leads as far as I know. They just have to be under effectual control. That said, any dog owner that allows his/her dog to sh*t anywhere on the beach with teh intention of not putting it in a bag should be made take it away in his/her pocket/handbag without a bag.Overwhelming majority of dogs on beaches are left off their lead for a period. Dog owners think the rules apply to everyone except them.
Any law like this is not policeable anyway as 99% of dog owners ignore it so they'll do what they always do: bring in the law and everyone ignores it.
How do you go about getting your dog proper exercise on a leash? What about dogs who love swimming?
It's a stupid fucking rule and one that is rightly ignored. You can leave a dog sprint and swim without them going unseen. And always bring a baggy with you. It's not that hard ffs.
couldn’t agree with that, m8. i’ve grown up with dogs all my life but only officially owned two as an adult who had full care of them. i’ve never mistreated an animal but can say my parents, grandparents and most of my neighbours were cunts towards dogs. beating them for coming into the house. locking bitches into the shed when they were in heat. kicking stray dogs who came into the yard. cutting ears from useless greyhounds. etc. etc.An Taisce and whoever awards the Blue Flag rubbish should be told to bollocks off. Ireland has a long history of a tight association with rurality and nature, and that involves all kinds of dogs. Sure aren't dogs a vital part of our own Celtic mythology?
Getting people cleaning up after their mutt is what's needed. Not appeasing people who think the country "smells funny" because the only tree they're used to is surrounded by paving slabs, and think the beach smells funny because the only smell of water they've known is from a culvert they were bushing in.