Water Quality alerts in more than 30 beaches following heavy rains
By The Headlines, August 6, 2023 | 10:46 PM
North Dublin beaches are off-limits to swimming due to an elevated danger of pollution.
Due to the likelihood of raw sewage being pushed into the water due to heavy rainfall, water quality warnings have been issued for more than 30 beaches and lakes throughout Ireland.
There have been concerns about possible water quality issues at beaches in Dublin including Donabate, Skerries, Sutton, Dollymount, Merrion, and Sandymount. Fingal County Council declared a six-day swimming ban on all beaches in north Dublin on Friday due to the weather.
The beaches.ie website details the more extensive swimming advisories, which are not based on the findings of water testing but instead on the fact that heavy rain increases the risk of sewage being swept into the sea.
People are being cautioned about the risks of contracting a disease from consuming contaminated water, especially older and pregnant women.
The beaches are listed in relation to beach restriction notices. The following locations are included: Lady's Bay in Buncrana, Co. Donegal; Ballybunion and Fenit in Co. Kerry; Grattan Road and Clifden in Co. Galway; Laytown/Bettystown in Co. Meath. For the same reason, warnings have also been sent out regarding a number of inland lakes.