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Saturday 21 October 2017

Two councils fail to issue fines over littering at beaches

TWO Dublin councils issued no fines for litter on their beaches despite piles of rubbish being collected as crowds flocked to the seaside during the summer's hottest spells.

Neither Dublin City Council nor Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council issued a single fine between March and August this year.

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Sandymount Strand, Dollymount Strand and Shelley Banks Beach are all in Dublin City Council's area.

And Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown maintains some of the most popular beaches on the south side of the city including Seapoint, Killiney, Sandycove, White Rock and Corbawn.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown said: "The council can confirm that no fines were issued for litter on beaches."

Dublin City Council issued a similar statement.

Fingal County Council is responsible for popular sandy beaches in north Dublin including those at Malahide, Balbriggan and Portmarnock (Velvet Strand).

It was unable to provide specific figures for beaches, but it issued 505 fines of €150 for general littering.

Wicklow County Council issued four fines totalling €600 for littering on beaches between March and August this year, all at the South Beach car park in Greystones.

South Dublin County Council does not maintain any beaches.

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