Dublin City Council has been accused of using Covid-19 as an excuse to close down a pitch and putt course in Raheny.

Local residents were due to hold a protest outside the course in Edenmore Park today at the decision to close the 26-year-old facility.

A council report said that staff who take cash at the course have been attacked while the fencing and perimeter planting has made it hard to police and led to anti-social activity.

The course is currently closed and the council said it had to prioritise other parks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It argued that the pitch and putt course was not viable to reopen as takings had gone down from €14,000 in 2010 to €4,000 last year while it costs €60,000 a year to maintain.

However, local Fianna Fáil Councillor Tom Brabazon said the council had failed to promote the course, had deliberately let it be run down, and was now using Covid-19 as an excuse to close it.

The council said the local pitch and putt club could use an adapted version of the Par 3 course in St Anne's Park but Cllr Brabazon said this would not suit elderly pitch and putt players.