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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Fingal County Council lifts swimming ban from 12 Dublin beaches

Anita McSorley

Published 09/08/2014 | 17:19

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23/07/14 enjoying the soaring temperatures at Portmarnock Beach, Dublin this afternoon.... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
23/07/14 enjoying the soaring temperatures at Portmarnock Beach, Dublin this afternoon.... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Fingal County Council has confirmed that the swimming ban placed on 12 Dublin beaches has been lifted.

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Tests carried out at locations including Skerries, Malahide beach and Velvet Strand in Portmarnock have shown that water quality is now safe.

Red flags and ‘no-swim’ notifications had been in place since Tuesday when heavy rain and flooding over the August bank holiday weekend caused the pump station to overflow resulting in poor water quality.

Tests show that the water is now back to Blue Flag standard.

Fingal County Council reminded swimmers to “swim safely between the flags and where a lifeguard is on duty.”

The council take 11 samples of water in total, one before and 10 during the bathing season, which is in excess of minimum requirements, according to the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008.

The Blue Flag beaches are: Balbriggan front beach, Skerries south beach, Loughshinny beach, Rush south beach, Portrane beach, Rush north beach, Balcarrick beach in Donabate, Malahide beach, Portmarnock beach, Burrow beach in Sutton, Claremont beach and Hampton Cove in Balbriggan.

Irish Independent

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