Council workers to use spatulas on chewing gum in protected areas

Dublin City Council staff will have to gently clean chewing gum off certain Dublin pavements with a spatula.

New rules have been drawn up for construction companies and maintenance workers in historic parts of the city.

According to the Irish Times, the council has identified 300 streets with kerbs, flagstones and cobbles that need protecting.

There will be a ban on jackhammers, tight restrictions on utility companies digging up streets and clear instructions for cleaning paths in the designated areas.

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