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It’s another Blue Flag for Rosses Point, the county’s only beach to achieve this

It’s another Blue Flag for Rosses Point, the county’s only beach to achieve this

It’s another Blue Flag for Rosses Point, the county’s only beach to achieve this

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The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Dara Mulvey has welcomed the awarding of the Blue Flag for Rosses Point Beach for the 2021 season but it cannot be flown until completion of the coastal protection works at the second beach.

The Cathaoirleach said: 'The Blue Flag is one of the world's most recognised eco-labels.

"It aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches, marinas and inland bathing waters around the world. Water quality is deemed "excellent" at all Blue Flag Beaches."

Sligo County Council also welcomed the announcement that three of the county's beaches have been awarded the An Taisce Green Coast Award for another year. Rosses Point, Streedagh, and Dunmoran beaches have all been awarded a Green Coast Award (Green Flag) for 2021.

The award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.

An important aspect of the Green Coast Awards is the involvement of Clean Coasts groups in the management of awarded sites.

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Sligo County Council acknowledges the continued support of the local community groups in Rosses Point, Streedagh, and Dunmoran in the management and pride they take in their local beaches.

The Blue Flag Programme has been in operation since 1987 with the first awards presented for the 1988 bathing season, when 21 flags were awarded. 93 were awarded for 2021.The Blue Flag programme in Ireland has been the driving force behind improvements in water quality for many years and as an award of excellence the Blue Flag implemented the stricter standards in Ireland in 2013. The microbiological standards of the 2006 EU Directive are almost twice as strict as the 1976 EU Directive band representing a lowering of the risk threshold for bathers to ca. 3% with the more stringent category of "Excellent" water quality being applied.

An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland is responsible for the operation of the Blue Flag programme in Ireland on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).


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