Written Answers. - Control of Dogs.

Noel Ahern

Ceist:

83 Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment the current situation in relation to complaints from residents regarding barking dogs at night; the regulations, if any, there are in respect of this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8897/96]

Under section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986 a person may seek redress in the District Court where a nuisance has been created by excessive barking by a dog; it is open to the court to order that specific measures be taken to abate the problem.

In addition, powers have been provided in the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992 to address problems of noise pollution. Under section 108 of the Act, a person may seek an order in the District Court to have the noise abated. An information leaflet has been published by my Department on the procedures involved and is widely available. I have already stated my intention to make regulations under section 106 of the 1992 Act to deal with further aspects of noise pollution.