Kilrush Town Council has given formal notice that they are to terminate the council’s 20-year contract with private company JCDecaux for the provision of the superloo up to August 2019.
However, the town council must pay a penalty of €60,382 (including VAT) to the multinational for deciding to end the lease early.
In giving the 12-month notice, the council must also pay the superloo’s rental charge of €35,910 for 2012.
However, Cllr Marian McMahon Jones (FG) said the council’s decision will save €239,401 in rental charges that the town council will avoid for the remaining six years and eight months of the contract.
In a report before the council, town clerk John Corry said the annual receipts from the superloo are about €1,200, while it costs people 50 cent each time to use the superloo.
The councillors have unanimously agreed to get rid of the superloo and Cllr McMahon Jones said: “We thought long and hard about this, but it needs to go.
“We cannot justify the expense and we have no statutory obligation to provide a public toilet. It is necessary now to terminate the contract.”
Mr Corry said the council’s decision to terminate the contract had been reached because of the lack of use of the superloo.
Cllr Tom Prendeville (FF) said the deal to enter the 20-year agreement with JC-Decaux “was a bad business proposal that went wrong”.
“The superloo is seldom used outside the tourist season,” he said.