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Saturday 20 September 2014

Swimming banned at Sandymount and Killiney beaches

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

Published 16/07/2014 | 17:08

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A woman walks her dogs along Sandymount beach yesterday
ref Poolbeg incinerator
Pic Steve Humphreys
17th August 2010.
A woman walks her dogs along Sandymount beach. Photo: Steve Humphreys

SWIMMING has been banned on one of the capital’s most popular beaches.

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Dublin City Council has placed temporary ban on bathing at Sandymount strand after water samples did not comply with quality standards.

The ban will be in place until at least Friday, pending the outcome of futher tests.

Among the reasons for the poor quality could include weather, faecal matter from dogs and birds and overflows from drains.

Meanwhile, swimmers are also temporarily banned at Killiney and White Rock beaches in south Dublin.

Water samples taken at these locations on Monday indicated that the water quality at these locations did not comply with the minimum standards set down for Bathing Waters.

Prior to this sample, 15 of the 16 samples taken in Killiney in 2014 were classified as "Excellent" quality and one was classified as "Good" quality. While in White Rock there were also 16 samples taken and all were classified as "Excellent" quality.

A further sample has been taken today the result of which will be available on Friday, 18th July, 2014. If the water quality is in accordance with the required standards the prohibition notice will be lifted.

The Council has not yet determined the cause of this event but is carrying out an investigation.

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