Michael Staines
Michael Staines

11.01 10 Jun 2019


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Swimming bans remain in place at three popular swimming spots in Dublin this morning.

It comes after an overflow at the Ringsend water treatment plant sent sewerage flowing into Dublin Bay last week.

The bans were lifted at all beaches in the Dún Laoghaire / Rathdown area last night after tests found the water quality had returned to normal.

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It affected a number of popular swimming spots including Seapoint, Killiney, Sandycove and the Forty Foot.

The ban was originally expected to remain in place for seven days.

Dublin City Council says it will decide whether to lift the bans at Dollymount, Sandymount and Merrion strands later today.

Irish Water blamed the overflow on last week’s heavy rains.

It said the plant "operated as designed" – insisting that it is not possible to “build a plant that can cope with every single rainfall event that ever occurs.”

It said it is planning €400m worth of upgrades to ensure the facility can deal with higher amounts of rain in the future.


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