Friday 23 March 2018

Swimming banned at popular Dublin beauty spot

Swimmers at the cove in Sandycove earlier this summer, which also has the popular '40 foot' deep swimming area
Swimmers at the cove in Sandycove earlier this summer, which also has the popular '40 foot' deep swimming area

Eimear Rabbitt

SWIMMING has been banned at a popular Dublin beauty spot after seawater tested positive for a "high-level reading" of E.coli.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council introduced the ban after a water quality test was carried out in Sandycove Harbour on Monday.

The initial results from the sample show a high-level reading of the harmful bacteria, leading the council to issue a notice yesterday prohibiting members of the public from swimming at Sandycove.

It is the third time swimming has been banned in the south Dublin area this year. Sandycove Harbour is next to the popular Forty Foot bathing area.

E coli can cause severe stomach and intestinal problems.

The water at Sandycove has been resampled and the results are expected back in the coming days.

If the results are deemed acceptable, the temporary prohibition notice will be lifted.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said the cause of the high levels of E coli was not known and an investigation had been launched.

Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin said: "It is unfortunate that this is the third such swimming ban this year, albeit in a different location.

"I would urge daily and regular swimmers to respect the signage banning swimming and take precautions.

"I hope the cause of this latest outbreak can be found and resolved as quickly as possible."

In July, swimming was banned at three locations in south Dublin after seawater was found to be contaminated with high levels of E coli and enterococci.

Temporary prohibition notices were issued at Killiney Beach and the Blackrock and Seapoint bathing areas.

Swimming was banned at Blackrock Baths and Seapoint in January over E coli fears. Samples taken from both locations had indicated a high level of the bacteria.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council regularly monitors the water quality along the coast.

Each local authority in Ireland is obliged to identify official swimming areas in its area and to ensure that water quality is monitored for health and safety reasons.

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