Rubbish dumped at a beach in Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s beaches were the most littered in the UK last year, a survey showed. The amount of rubbish per kilometre of sand, 8,22(...)

Overflowing sewerage pipes and increased discharge from farm waste have been blamed for bacterial pollution at Newcastle beach in Co Down.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The quality of water at one of Northern Ireland ’s most popular seaside resorts is among the worst in Europe, environmentalists warned today.(...)