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Swimmers get green light
for a dip on six city beaches

SIX Dublin beaches are still out of bounds for swimmers after Fingal County Council said water quality issues remain along areas of the north Dublin coast.

However, six other beaches have been reopened afer a prohibition on bathing was put in place at 12 sites in north Dublin earlier this week.

And Fingal County Council confirmed that there are continuing problems with Balbriggan front beach, Skerries south beach, Loughshinny beach, Rush south beach, Portrane beach (The Burrow) and Rush north beach.


The ban is due to "storm water overflow" and follows the failure of sewage pumping stations across the north of the county due to heavy rain over the bank holiday weekend.

Rainwater that would normally flow through the sewers and into the waste water treatment works instead flowed out to sea.

The continuing ban coincides with heavy rainfall forecast for this weekend.

The council yesterday issued results of bathing water samples which were taken on Tuesday showing poor water quality at the six beaches and said bathing was restricted until further notice.

Repeat samples were taken yesterday with results to be released tomorrow.

But the latest test results on the other six Fingal beaches showed good or excellent quality water. Bans have been lifted at Balcarrick beach Donabate, Malahide beach, Portmarnock Beach, Burrow beach Sutton, Claremont beach and Hampton Cove, Balbriggan.

Dublin City Council also removed a ban for Sandymount Strand which had been introduced because of elevated levels of bacteria in the water due to emergency sewage overflow.

In Wicklow, a temporary swimming ban has been introduced at one of the east coast's most popular beaches, Brittas Bay south, due to poor microbiological quality.