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Thursday 18 July 2019

Four Fingal beaches see improved water quality

Four Fingal beaches have seen improvements in their water quality
Four Fingal beaches have seen improvements in their water quality

Fingal County Council has welcomed news that water quality at four of the ten Fingal beaches has recorded improvements since last year.

Four beaches - Skerries, South Beach, Loughshinny Beach, and Rush South and Rush North Beaches - have improved in water quality status since 2018.

The annual Bathing Quality 2018 report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that water quality at Loughshinny has improved from 'Poor' in 2018 to 'Good' this year, while Rush South Beach has improved from 'Poor' in 2018 to 'Sufficient' this year. Improvements were also recorded at Rush North Beach and Skerries South beach. The former two beaches are now open for swimming this summer.

Outgoing Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Anthony Lavin said: 'I am delighted with the news that the bathing quality of four Fingal beaches has improved over the last year.

'I am particularly pleased to see that improvements in water quality have been recorded in Loughshinny and Rush South Beach.'

He added: 'Fingal County Council is very proud of our beaches and works continuously to maintain and improve facilities for residents and visitors.

'Hopefully we will enjoy a warm summer so they can be enjoyed by all.'

The Velvet Strand in Portmarnock and the Burrow Beach in Sutton both acheived a status of 'Excellent' and is the county's only Blue Flag beach currently.

Only one beach, The Brook, Portrane, is at 'Poor' status. Fingal County Council has submitted a management plan to the EPA in an effort to tackle that issue.

Gilbert Power, Director of Services for Environment and Water Services, explained: 'While water quality at The Brook, Portrane remains 'Poor', Fingal County Council's plan submitted to the EPA details the short and longer term measures the Council will implement to address the potential pollution sources at Portrane. It is worth noting that all samples bar one met the test for 'Excellent' status during last year's bathing season at Portrane.

'We work hard to have the best quality of bathing water for Fingal residents and this report shows we have made significant improvements in this area.'

Information on the results of water quality sampling undertaken at Fingal beaches is available at www.beaches.ie,

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