Photograph: Case Kassenberg/courtesy of Ghost Fishing

Every year, an estimated 640,000 tonnes of lost fishing gear kills 136,000 seals, sea lions and whales as well as millions of birds, turtles and fish.(...)

Bundoran Beach, Co Donegal, lost its blu flag. Photograph: Holger Leue/Tourism Ireland

Bundoran Beach in Co Donegal and Bertra Strand and Golden Strand in Co Mayo have failed to retain their blue flag status for 2019. Rathmullan Marino (...)

Portmarnock is one of six beaches that  have achieved dual  Blue Flag and Green Coast status. Photograph: Collins

Blue Flags have been awarded to 81 beaches and five marinas around the State’s coastline - six more than last year. Six of the 81 beaches are also am(...)