Peter Webster

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Sandymount Strand joined the EPA’s “poor” list after being classified of “sufficient” quality in 2015 and 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nearly three-quarters of monitored Irish bathing waters are of “excellent” standard but there is evidence of deterioration in coastal areas around Dub(...)

Notices against bathing have been issued for Loughshinny (above) and Rush South beaches in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of the country. File photograph: Google Street View

Notices against bathing have been issued for Loughshinny and Rush South beaches in the wake of heavy rainfall in parts of the country. Do Not Swim n(...)

Poor quality: Chris Shanahan hopes a new waste-water treatment plant will make Clifden Bay safe to bathe in again

Clifden has had a pollution problem. Overflow from the local waste-water treatment plant has seeped into Clifden Bay, making it unsuitable for bathing(...)

Ireland’s 136 identified bathing waters now have to meet standards almost twice as strict as those which previously applied. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality. File photograph:  Thinkstock/Getty Images

A total of 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters are meeting stricter new EU standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.“Overall, the(...)

Swimmers and sunbathers on Portmarnock beach enjoy the long-running fine weather. The expectation of a bumper year for water quality could be scuppered by beach-goers – Fingal County Council collected 3,000 bags of rubbish left on beaches last weekend, for example. Photograph: Alan Betson

Surfers and hardy souls will scoff, but given the poor summers of recent years the quality of beach water has been somewhat irrelevant for most people(...)

Twenty-one Irish bathing spots have been stripped of top marks for water quality because of last year’s record wet summer, environment watchdog(...)