O’Brien Warns Of More Coastal Pollution

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Green Party representative for the North County, Joe O’Brien, has stated that the bathing water pollution long suffered by the people of Rush could become a feature for all coastal towns around the North County.
“It’s important to point out that there are also broader issues at play here that are relevant to other coastal communities in North Dublin and indeed for the whole country. It might surprise people to learn that already last month, there were four days when pollution incidents in Donabate, Portrane, Loughshinny, Skerries, Balbriggan and Portmarnock made the bathing waters there unsafe to use. It’s unacceptable that in the months of July and August – perhaps the most popular months for swimming – all our bathing waters along the coast have been unusable for a considerable period of time,” O’Brien said. “So even where the Council has deemed wastewater treatment as adequate, our bathing waters are still getting seriously polluted. It’s now very evident that all along the North County coastline, our wastewater treatment systems need further upgrading if they are going to cope with the twin challenge of increasing populations and heavier rainfall. The planned giant sewage plant at Clonshaugh is not the answer and is far from risk free. Our Blue Flags are also at increasing risk and I think the people of my hometown of Skerries were shocked and disappointed that we lost our Blue Flag this year,” he added.