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Graffiti tags, fly-tipping and the stench of stale urine take the shine off city living PIc: Collins

Tagging, refuse collection and public urination aren’t the sexiest of subjects, but when it comes to the looming local elections, they’re the ones that matter

Imagine my surprise the other evening to come home on a Monday and find three youths peeing on the street, one right on the doorstep of a house belonging to a friend of mine. The sky was still bright – it was just gone 7pm, and it had been a gorgeous day in Dublin. “What are you doing?” I said, in shock. “That’s someone’s home.” Two of them, a guy and girl, fled immediately, but the third, a girl, was on her hunkers, immobilised. “I’m sorry,” she said, at least having the grace to look mortified. “I really needed to go.”

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