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Duncan Smith,
Labour Party Councillor
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Question: D. Smith
“To ask the Chief Executive what efforts are being made to tackle the scourge of
horse fouling on our beaches with particular reference to Donabate Beach?”

Horses are permitted on the beaches before 11.am and after 8pm from 1st June
to 31st August and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. They are also
permitted at all times from 1st September to 31st May.
Section 3 (c) Prohibited Acts of the Fingal County Council Beach / Foreshore Bye
Law 2006 require that a person bringing a horse onto a beach is responsible for
the removal of its faeces and depositing it in a litter bin or other receptacle
designated for this purpose. Horses are prohibited in SAC and SPA ‘s except
where bridle paths are provided.
These bye-laws may be enforced by an Authorised Person or member of An
Garda Siochana and any persons found in breach may be subject to a fine.
The Council is in contact with the local Community Guard regarding a joint
approach to try and address this issue and the beach will be inspected to identify
if any additional signage is appropriate.