Monday 20 May 2019

Decision to close Rush lifeguard station in June 'not taken lightly'

Balbriggan/Swords area council meeting

Cllr Barry Martin (Ind)
Cllr Barry Martin (Ind)

John Manning

The council has explained why it took the decision to close the lifeguard station at Rush Beach over the June bank holiday weekend.

Now that council meetings have resumed, Cllr Barry Martin (Ind) took the opportunity to raise the issue with the council executive, asking the council to 'provide bank holiday weekend Lifeguard cover for both the North and South beaches in Rush in line with every other designated bathing area in Fingal'.

In response, the council said it 'endeavours to have the maximum lifeguard coverage across all of our beaches during the bathing season'.

The local authority said: 'At the beginning of the 2018 Season we experienced a temporary unavailability of lifeguards across Fingal. As a result were unable to open a number of our lifeguard stations (including Rush North and Rush South) over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

'The decision not to open these stations was not taken lightly. Both Rush North and Rush South were open over the August bank holiday weekend.'

Fingal Independent