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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Bathing banned at beaches but there's still fun in sun

Edel Corcoran and nephew Bradley from Newcastle enjoy the weather without going for a dip at Dollymount
Edel Corcoran and nephew Bradley from Newcastle enjoy the weather without going for a dip at Dollymount

As the good weather continues to grip the city, it is bad news for beach-goers as several of the capital's beaches have been shut off to swimmers.

Bathers have been banned from three of the city's most popular beauty spots since Wednesday after a pumping station broke down and caused discharge to enter the Liffey.

The affected beaches include Sandymount beach, Merrion Strand, and Dollymount.

Breakdown

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council explained that test results will be received today to deem whether it is safe for the ban to be lifted.

"A temporary breakdown at a pumping station resulted in a discharge to the Liffey. Following consultations with the HSE, Dublin City Council placed Precautionary Bathing Water notices in Dollymount, Sandymount and Merrion beaches," they said.

"Bathing water samples have been taken and when definitive results are available, it will be possible to state whether there has been any impact on the water body. It is hoped at this point that the notices can be lifted."

Labour councillor for the Pembroke-South Dock area Dermot Lacey hit out at the closures yesterday, saying it was not good enough that Dubliners were repeatedly putting up with such closures.

"I have this on the agenda for the area committee meeting on Monday because this happened about six weeks ago, as well," he said.

"It is not really acceptable that three of the premier beaches in Dublin - a free facility for Dubliners - is not available in this hot weather because of some sort of sewage overflow. This is 2018, not 1818."

However, all hope is not lost as the good weather looks like it will be sticking around until at least early next week.

Forecaster Liz Gavin said the rest of this week and early next week will see "warm and dry weather".

"Highest temperatures will be between 21 and 26C. Tomorrow will be light with warm, bright sunny spells," she said.

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