80 blue flags awarded to Irish beaches this year

Eighty blue flags have been awarded to beaches around Ireland this year, a decrease of three on the figure for last year.

The international award is given to beaches that have excellent water quality and fulfil criteria relating to environmental management and education.

Environment Minister John Gormley says Ireland lost three flags this year due to a deterioration in water quality because of the large amount of rainfall over the past year.

Counties Kerry and Mayo have the most blue-flag beaches with 13 each.


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