Beach ban at popular seaside town lifted after week-long restriction
The bathing ban at Kilkee beach, Co Clare has been lifted today following a week-long restriction.
The ban was put in place on Wednesday 26, July by Clare County Council due to a malfunction of a pipe which released waste water from a nearby stream on to the beach.
In a statement released by Clare County Council today, it said that the ban was no longer in place.
"On the advice of the HSE and following analysis of water samples taken on Monday, Clare Council today announced the lifting of all restrictions relating to bathing at Kilkee. Lifeguards are on duty while the Blue Flag is once again flying at the beach."
Speaking to Indepdendent.ie, Cillian Murphy, owner of Murphy Black's restaurant in Kilkee and member of Kilkee Chamber of Commerce, said that trust needs to be rebuilt in Kilkee as there was a bathing ban from December 2016 to May of this year due to repairs taking place on the town's water plant.
He said: "Our estimation is that 25pc of our annual turnover comes in the last week of July and the first two weeks of August. The beach closed from December to May to fix the treatment plan.
The system they put in place is supposed to be competent but there's no getting away from it. The design hasn't been successful and we need a warning system or a back-up plan if this happens again."
"It's important for people to know that Kilkee is open for business and there's plenty places to swim," he added.