Published on : Thursday, May 17, 2018
The discharges of toxics are contributing to a continuous decline in water quality at most bathing areas stretching from North Co Dublin around to Dublin Bay, and especially in Howth and at Sandymount and Merrion strands, Cllr David Healy said.
This trend with some areas subject to regular discharges and others periodically affected after heavy rain – was confirmed in the 2017 Environmental Protection Agency report on bathing water quality published on Wednesday, he said.
It found five out of 15 monitored bathing water areas in Dublin did not meet minimum EU standards.
Cllr Healy, who represents Howth-Malahide on Fingal County Council said that Fáilte Ireland is promoting Dublin’s wonderful natural environment, especially our coasts and beaches, in its ‘Dublin – A Breath of Fresh Air’ campaign. Unfortunately, Irish water is still discharging raw sewage into Dublin Bay in Howth on a continuous basis, while sewers across the city overflow onto rivers, streams and beaches when there is heavy rain. The European Commission is taking Ireland to court for failing to invest in cleaning up the sewage, and this EPA report will be further evidence in that case.
The tourism was a huge driver of the Irish economy in coastal areas, and must be protected.
The Government must show greater urgency in tackling the problem of water quality. We have consistently sought a timeline to address these failures – they must step up to the mark to protect our coastal communities.