Cllr Terry O’Flaherty has welcomed the unanimous support of her fellow members of Galway City Council for her motion at this week’s City Council meeting demanding that the toilets at Ballyloughane Beach be kept open at weekends.
The Independent councillor for Galway City East told the Galway Advertiser that regular walkers in the area had suffered serious inconvenience as a result of the facilities not being open at the very times when they were most in demand.
“I am very pleased that my motion, calling on the City Council to open the toilets at weekends as well as on bank holidays, received unanimous support from all of the councillors at this week’s meeting of the Council.
“While there are costs involved, having to pay a contractor to open and close the toilets as well as having to keep them maintained, nevertheless these are public toilets and members of the public frequenting this area should have access to them.
“It was most annoying for people who needed to use this facility to see them locked up on the weekends, which in my opinion is a nonsense.”
Cllr O’Flaherty said she had been in contact with Irish Water and with the Galway City Council Director of Services, Patrick Greene, in an effort to speed up the process of installing new automatic toilets at the beach, which would remove the need to fund the opening and closing of the toilets in Ballyloughane.