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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Bathing water in Mullaghmor slips

The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report shows the quality of bathing water in Mullaghmore has slipped to 'sufficient'.

In 2015 the resort's water had been ranked as 'excellent' before being downgraded to 'good' in 2016 and 2017.

It now has a 'sufficient' rating which means its bathing waters met the minimum EU standards last year when the country enjoyed a long hot summer.

Rosses Point and Streedagh were classified as 'excellent' a ranking both bathing waters has retained each year since 2015.

Enniscrone has a 'good' ranking for the past four years.

The report reveals:

•94 per cent of identified bathing waters (137 of 145) met at least the minimum EU standards.

•103 of 145 bathing waters were classified as excellent.

A further 22 were classified as good and 12 were classified as sufficient, meeting the mandatory requirement.

During the summer, current water quality information and details of any incidents affecting bathing waters will be displayed on the website www.beaches.ie or or on Twitter feed @EPABeaches,

The bathing season in Ireland, is designated as being from 1st June to 15th September.

Some 145 bathing waters were identified in 2018, an increase of three since 2017.

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