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Swimming ban extended at Loughshinny due to 'unacceptable levels of contamination'

The extended ban on swimming is likely to last at least 72 hours.

Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
Portmarnock Beach, Dublin
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FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL has extended a ban against all swimming and bathing in Loughshinny, Dublin as a result of unacceptable levels of contamination.

The council has said the likely cause of the deterioration in the water quality is suspected sewage from a wastewater treatment plant and sewer network.

The HSE is advising swimming at Loughshinny beach be prohibited until levels of contamination return to normal.

The beach remains open but beach users are asked to respect the swimming ban “as it has been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised”.

The extended ban on swimming is likely to last at least 72 hours.

A swimming ban was also issued at Rush South Beach, but after results of samples showed the water quality has returned to “excellent”, the ban has been lifted.

Back in May, it emerged that the water at six beaches in Ireland failed to reach the minimum standard of quality in the environmental report.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report for 2016 on Ireland’s bathing waters found that 93% met minimum EU standards but there were some which posed a risk to the public.

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