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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Safety issue scuppers Blue Flag ambitions

Published 11/09/2012 | 17:10

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THE council has explained that Malahide Beach was not allowed to fly a Blue Flag because some of the currents in the area make the beach 'unsafe for swimming'.

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Asked why the beach had failed to win a blue flag by Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien (FF), the council explained: 'An application for a Blue Flag for Malahide was submitted to An Taisce in December 2011. The application was subsequently assessed by the Blue Flag International Jury from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). 'When the results were announced in June 2012, Malahide was unsuccessful in its application as it was 'judged to be unsafe for swimming'. ' The Identified Bathing Water Area at Malahide Beach lies south of the channel. While the majority of the Bathing Water Area is outside the channel, a portion of the channel itself is included in the Identified Area. 'As a result of this there is a permanent prohibition on swimming in place due to the strong currents in the channel area. ' The Council has requested that Irish Water Safety carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of Malahide Beach ( to include the channel and beach area) and to advise on what steps should be taken to make the beach safe for swimming. We are currently awaiting their report.'

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