Mice, rats and slugs among pests that plagued Leinster House in past six months
13th May 2022
MICE IN A medical room, rats in a gents toilet, slugs in a basement, and fouling “next to the minister’s entrance” were some of the pest issues recorded at Leinster House during the past six months.
Exterminators also warned that someone in the nearby Office of the Attorney General was defying instructions not to feed pigeons, and the resultant droppings on the building’s doorsteps would “most likely cause an accident”.
An infestation of flies was reported in the ushers’ hut at the Merrion Street entrance to Leinster House last November, while rats were spotted burrowing out of a drain in a car park in January.
The pest control company identified a “possible disease risk” due to bird droppings around the door bridge connecting the building to the Department of An Taoiseach, and vegetation growing inside the link corridor indicated the existence of an entry point for pests.
A buildup of bird droppings on the air-handling units next to the minister’s entrance was also considered a “health and safety risk” that would also encourage insect infestations in the building.
A “possible disease risk” was also identified in the ministers’ car park, and the pest control company recommended a specialist cleaning of the area “once fly activity is under control”.
The details are contained in records compiled by the company, which were released by the Houses of the Oireachtas Service under the Freedom of Information Act.