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(...)

 An Taisce’s clean coasts ambassador  and  pro surfer Easkey Britton launching  this year’s  Clean Coasts Week. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Asylum seekers in Balseskin, Dublin, school students in Cork and sea swimmers in Co Donegal are among groups that have registered for An Taisce’s coas(...)

   Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, cigarette butts, fishing litter such as ropes and nets and “sewage-related” litter such as cotton bud sticks are among the main items collected, an Taisce’s coastal programmes manager Annabel FitzGerald told the “Clean Coasts” symposium today in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Cotton bud sticks and baby wipes are still among the top ten marine polluters found during coastal clean-ups, a marine litter conference hosted by An (...)

Fiona Crouch of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, speaking during a survey as part of the launch of Shore Thing Ireland at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Synthetic clothing, skin exfoliants and toothpaste may not sound too toxic, but to a lugworm or filter-feeding mussel they are lethal poison. (...)