Beach nudists 'could face arrest' if they turn up on popular Irish strand
Beach nudists have been warned that they will face arrest if they turn up unannounced on beaches.
Wexford's Mayor Cllr Ger Carthy was reacting to the news that a beach gathering of naturists took to the sands of the county's famous strand Curracloe on Sunday prompting a little surprise, but it would seem no complaints.
A spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association said no one had asked the naked men and women, some carrying backpacks containing their picnics, to leave the beach, however, Cllr Carthy said that was not the point.
Cllr Carthy said the bottom line was that; 'If I went naked on the streets of Wexford, I would get arrested...it's against the law to go naked in a public place in Ireland.'
He said that despite the legal issues, he was sure he would be able to find the naturists a more isolated spot on the county's 250 km of coastline than at popular beauty spots like Curracloe.
'To go naked at Curracloe where there are children is not acceptable,' he said.
The nude gathering took place not far from where Steven Spielberg filmed 'Saving Private Ryan' prompting a caller to a national radio station to suggest that he could make a follow-up movie called 'Saving Private Ryan's Privates'.
A spokeswoman for the INA said: 'No one has had any issue here (in Wexford). The INA is pushing for clothing-optional beaches to be recognised.' It warned those going naked that no beaches or other public places officially approved for the practice of naturism.