Saturday 24 March 2018

Irish Water staff take part in Portmarnock beach clean

Irish Water staff joined representatives of An Taisce's Clean Coasts, at a Big Beach Clean at Portmarnock Beach.

More than 20 Irish Water employees took part in the event which was organised to coincide with Clean Coasts' Big Beach Clean weekend.

Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and oceans, resulting in environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. As part of the Big Beach Clean weekend, volunteers are encouraged to help remove marine litter from our beautiful coastline and in turn protect our coastal habitats and marine life.

The Portmarnock Clean Up was organised by local Irish Water staff and supported by Clean Coasts representatives. Fingal County Council also supported the event by collecting and taking away the bags of litter that were gathered by the volunteers.

Sinead Egan, Irish Water's Communications Manager said: 'We were delighted to take part in the Big Beach Clean here in Portmarnock. This is a beautiful beach and a wonderful amenity for locals and visitors alike so it is vital that we all play our part in protecting it. Events like this help raise awareness of the impact of marine litter and the importance of doing all we can to tackle it so that beaches like Portmarnock can continue to be enjoyed by all.'

Fingal Independent