Ian Diamond

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Ballybunnion beach in Co Kerry has lost its Blug Flag status for 2020. Photograph: Getty

Ballybunion North beach in Co Kerry has failed to retain its blue flag status in 2020 due to a deteroiation in its water quality. Beaches are require(...)

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 (...)

A blue flag standard is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing water quality and sewage treatment regulations. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

A record number of blue flags have been awarded to Irish beaches and marinas for 2018 by An Taisce environmental group. The 83 Irish beaches and seve(...)

 Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches. File photograph: PA

Third-level colleges are set to face heavy financial penalties for serious breaches such as unauthorised payments for staff, filing late accounts or g(...)

Four beaches have lost their Blue Flag status from 2015 while three beaches have been added.

Three of the four beaches which failed to achieve blue flag awards for high standards of environmental purity and management on Thursday, are located (...)