Council advising people not to swim at three beaches due to E. Coli

A swimming race due to raise money for Special Olympics Ireland has been cancelled due to E. Coli.

The Garda Swimming and Lifesaving Club says it has had to postpone the event in Dun Laoghaire tonight due to a notice from the local authority.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is advising swimmers not to bathe at Killiney Beach, Blackrock and Seapoint Bathing Areas until Monday as a result of a high level of Enterococci E. Coli in the water.

The council is also advising pet owners that the water quality at present at these locations can be equally harmful to animals and they are advised to keep their pets out of the water also.

It follows water quality tests conducted by the council in the area.

Fianna Fáil Councillor, Cormac Devlin said: "We are fortunate, in one way that the weather is not forecast to be as warm and sunny as it has been however the fact that this has happened for yet again, for another summer is alarming.

"Daily and regular swimming is common along our coast and I have asked the officials of the Council to try investigate the root cause of this re-occurring problem so it can be dealt with once and for all. The last prohibition notice was issued in January of this year."


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