A swimming ban has been put in place at some major Dublin beaches 3 years ago

A swimming ban has been put in place at some major Dublin beaches

Not the news you want to hear when the weather is this nice.

Some of Dublin's most popular beaches have had a swimming ban implemented, due to sewage overflows.

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The temporary bans are in place at Merrion Strand, Dollymount and Sandymount, following a breakdown at a pumping station that saw sewage discharged into the Liffey.

The restrictions were put in place by the Dublin City Council.

Bathers are advised not to swim at this bathing water due to a suspected increase in the levels of bacteria found in the bathing water.

To reduce the risk of illness, beach users should take the following precautions:

  • Avoid swallowing or splashing water
  • Wash your hands before handling food
  • Avoid swimming with an open cut or wound
  • Avoid swimming if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.

Higher levels of bacteria are usually short-lived and most bathers are unlikely to experience any illness.

According to Beaches.ie, Merrion Strand has had a "poor water quality" rating for the past three years.

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