A mayor of a Co Cork village has made the suggestion that those currently receiving social welfare payments should help their community by cleaning up dog dirt.
The suggestion which was made by the Mayor of Whitegate Co Cork, comes after the region seen a recent increase in dog fouling problems.
In a move that would most likely not sit well with those currently collecting the dole, Mayor Martin Murray who was speaking to Cork’s C103 said the idea is a common sense approach to the onging problem.
Although Mr Murray told his listeners that more needs to be done to punish those responsible for the fouling problems that has plagued the area, he did tell the station that dole recipients could play an active part in cleaning up their community, whether it be cleaning up litter of dog dirt.
In an in-depth interview with C103, Mr Murray said that he often takes part in programmes that help keeps his community clean and more community programmes are needed to address such issues.
He also said the lack of litter wardens in the area has contributed to the problem as people are letting their dog run loose.