These seven popular Irish beaches have been revealed to be UNSAFE due to raw sewage

16th May 18 | News

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that seven of Ireland's top beaches are considered to be unsafe and could cause illness to swimmers due to poor quality water. Reports have shown that a number of homes on Dublin's southside are dischargingraw sewage directly into the sea which is affecting water quality.

The EPA has said:

"The fact that any bathing water has been classified as ‘Poor’ means that there is a risk of periodic microbiological pollution which could potentially cause illness such as skin rashes or gastric upset. Under the Bathing Water Regulations, local authorities are required to put in place notifications for the entire bathing season advising the public against bathing. This could include a bathing prohibition if a serious pollution incident occurs."

Of the seven beaches, five of them are in Dublin alone, with the other two to be found in Galway:

- Sandymount Strand, Dublin

- Merrion Strand, Dublin

- Loughshinny, Dublin

- Portrane, Dublin

- Rush South, Dublin

- Ballyloughane, Galway

- Clifden, Galway

A spokesperson for the EPA said:

"Our assessment shows that urban beaches are under greater pressure that those in more rural locations. More needs to be done to eliminate the sources of bacterial contamination that are particular to urban locations. The main issues are misconnections to surface water drains and other run off from urban environments, together with sewage discharges. Work is needed by local authorities, Irish Water, businesses and homeowners to ensure that contaminated wastewater is correctly collected and treated before being released into the environment."