The country’s first high-end commercial toilets have opened in Clifden, County Galway.
The six chic public restrooms are located in a converted retail unit on Courthouse Square in the city center.
It’s pay as you go, but you’ll spend more than a dime!
In fact, it will cost you 3.50 € to go to the bathroom. But the man who invested in these premium toilets says the price is right.
Entrepreneur John Nagle says nothing compares to the service offered.
Mr Nagle said, “The ‘U-Luu’ pods are premium public access toilets. They are contactless, fully automated and supervised by 9 full-time staff from 9am to 7am seven days a week.”
There are also two large showers and three makeup areas for people who want to spend up to half an hour or more in the pods.
Access to individual and family showers will be charged between € 15 and € 20.
John Nagle said his main market is women, as they are more inclined to stay longer and take advantage of the additional facilities on offer.
He said: “The truth is, a lot of men are still not ready to pay € 3.50 for a widdle.”
The toilets are wheelchair accessible and suitable for parents and children with breastfeeding facilities.
Mother of two Nicola Flaherty said there aren’t child-friendly facilities everywhere in Clifden and said she was happy to pay the higher price for the service.
John Nagle says the new service provides clean, safe and comfortable washrooms and sets the standard for how cities and towns are likely to attract visitors to their city.
In the streets of Clifden today, many businessmen hailed the arrival of the expensive toilets.
Gallery owner Gavin Lavelle said it was time to change the Irish mentality.
Mr Lavelle said: “Historically, public washrooms have left a lot to be desired and this premium facility is the way to go.
“In France, when you walk into a cafe, you have to buy a coffee if you want to go to the bathroom. We pay for our garbage, so why not have such a service when the demand is there?
Matthew O’Connor, Irene Halpin and Linda McKenny also welcomed the new toilets, using them for showering and freshening up after a day at the beach.
Councilor Eileen Mannion said the upscale toilets were five star luxury.
She said they were an asset to a bustling tourist town like Clifden.
However, she added that the council also has toilets in the city and this gives a choice to those who do not want to pay a higher price to use a luxury toilet.
However, not everyone was thrilled to see the nice toilets come to town.
Many young outdoor diners said they would not pay € 3.50 to use the bathroom, nor part with € 15 for a shower.
A number of tourists were camping and said they would prefer to take advantage of the on-site facilities.
John Nagle has booked at least eight other tourist sites across the country to roll out the pods if Clifden is successful.
He says the long-term plan is to introduce an annual subscription of around € 100 so people can use the toilet and save money.
The country’s first fully commercial high-end toilets have been opened in County Clifden in Galway. The toilet modules have been greeted by many as a necessary high-end facility, but others criticize the cost of € 3.50 to use the toilet. pic.twitter.com/p2ELKJ1uQA
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