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Swimming banned at three Atlantic beaches after e-coli found in water

SWIMMING has been prohibited at three Atlantic beaches after elevated levels of bacteria – e-coli - was found in the water.

Following consultations with the Health Service Executive, Clare county council have announced that all water activities at three popular coastal spots is not allowed until further notice.

The three affected beaches are Lahinch, Kilkee and Spanish Point. Lifeguard presence remains unchanged but the council is asking all people to stay out of the water.

The results of routine tests on water samples at all three beaches have shown up traces of e-coli.

Environmental staff from the local authority and the HSE conducted further tests today and the results will be known on Sunday.

Resumption of swimming will be recommended when results return within bathing water quality limits.