Mr Coghlan, the leas- cathaoirleach of the Seanad, yesterday told the house of an incident on Dawson St he witnessed after leaving Leinster House on Monday night.
Mr Coghlan’s statements followed a debate on the rise of obesity in Ireland and the overuse of antibiotics when he said that what he had witnessed “must be mentioned”.
The senator told the upper house how he came across a number of seagulls tearing at plastic bin bags left out on the street for collection by city centre businesses.
“They are perched on ledges ready to swoop and seem to have a voracious appetite,” said Mr Coghlan.
He said it had happened around 11pm and added, “they do not seem to understand bed time”.
Mr Coghlan said he was not seeking to propose legislation to deal with the practice of seagulls pecking at rubbish bags, but wanted to bring it to the attention of “business owners who are putting out bundles of plastic bags. The birds are destroying the bags with their beaks. Litter is being strewn all over the place.”
Offering potential solutions to the capital’s seagull scourge Mr Coghlan said that “perhaps a repulsive spray can be found if business owners are to continue putting out plastic bags or maybe they should be encouraged to use wheelie bins, as plastic bags are leaving litter all over the place”.