The new Nenagh Town Council Control of Dogs bylaws drafted by Cllr Conor Delaney will apply outside of Nenagh town after this May’s local elections, it has emerged.
“While drafting the bylaws I was conscious that Nenagh Town Council would be abolished in May, and, therefore, I put in a special clause to the effect that the bylaws would apply to Nenagh Town Council and its successor,” said Cllr Delaney.
Nenagh Town Council will be replaced by a Municipal District Council that will cover the combined Nenagh / Borrisokane and Newport electoral areas.
“What this essentially means is that after May 2014, the bylaws will apply to every town, village and area under the control of the new Nenagh municipal area,” said Cllr Delaney.
He said this would be welcomed by Tidy Town committees whose areas were blighted with dog litter as it would provide them with a new weapon to combat what Cllr Delaney described as “this disgusting behaviour by a minority of dog owners”.
The Fine Gael councillor urged such groups to use it as often as possible to change dog ownership behaviour.
Cllr Delaney also urged the other new municipal areas in County Tipperary to adopt the bylaws after May 2014.
Under the new bylaws, dog owners who fail to obey them will face E20 fixed notice fines and could be brought to court for failing to pay up.