Protests planned at Dollymount Beach as anger over sewage overflow grows

Protests planned at Dollymount Beach as anger over sewage overflow grows

Protesters are heading to Dollymount Beach in Dublin today to air their anger over bathing bans across the city.

The Love Dublin Bay Group want the constant overflows of sewage into the bay to be addressed.

The protest is set to begin at 8pm this evening.

Lab results from water samples taken on Monday are expected this afternoon, and if they come back clear, a "midnight swim" is planned.

ohn O'Donohue from Irish Water explains how and why the overflows occur, saying: "We had yellow rainfall warnings which means you can get anything up to two inches of rainfall during a 24-hour period so what happens then is the water combines with the sewer system.

"It overflows because the systems simply can't cope, so the system acts as a release valve...both on the network and at the waste treatment plants in order to allow the plants to function properly."

More on this topic

Scenes at Liffey Meats protest 'unfortunate' IFA president saysScenes at Liffey Meats protest 'unfortunate' IFA president says

Hong Kong legislative work suspended amid political crisisHong Kong legislative work suspended amid political crisis

Albanian president cancels local elections amid political tensionAlbanian president cancels local elections amid political tension

Ballymurphy: Anyone on streets could be shot, inquest toldBallymurphy: Anyone on streets could be shot, inquest told


More in this Section

Pair held on charges connected to killingPair held on charges connected to killing

Varadkar condemns ‘cowardly and brutal’ attack on Quinn executive Kevin Lunney Varadkar condemns ‘cowardly and brutal’ attack on Quinn executive Kevin Lunney

From dust to dustbin ... Urn containing human ashes found at Navan recycling centreFrom dust to dustbin ... Urn containing human ashes found at Navan recycling centre

'Irish citizenship through birth or descent' the most visited document on Citizens Information website'Irish citizenship through birth or descent' the most visited document on Citizens Information website


Lifestyle

Audrey's been sorting out Cork people for ages.Ask Audrey: C’mere, what’s the story with Chris O’Dowd thinking he’s better than Cork people

So, I put a link to a short story up for my students the other day. The story was by Michael Morpurgo and I was delighted to find an online copy. It can be challenging when you are relying on non-paper texts to teach.Secret diary of an Irish teacher: I love physical books and always will

Celebrated actress Siobhán McSweeney may have found fame starring in a TV series set at the other end of the country, but Cork is never far from her thoughts, writes Ciara McDonnellHome is where the art is for Derry Girls actress

There are literally hundreds of free events on offer this evening for kids and adults on Culture Night. Marjorie Brennan selects the best of them, in Cork and beyondCulture Night: Get out and make the most of it

More From The Irish Examiner