Swimming ban remains in place for a number of Dublin beaches this weekend 2 years ago

Swimming ban remains in place for a number of Dublin beaches this weekend

Bad news for anyone thinking of heading for a dip.

A swimming ban has been implemented in a number of Dublin's beaches this weekend, due to sewage overflows.

The ban was originally issued earlier in the week, but has been reinstated following an incident at Spencer Dock.

Members of the general public are being warned not to swim at Merrion Strand, Dollymount and Sandymount beaches, following a breakdown and power outage at Spencer Dock Pumping Station, which Irish Water says resulted in wastewater building up and overflowing.

Due to this, levels of bacteria found in the bathing water have been higher than usual. Bathers have been asked not to swim in it until further notice, to avoid the risk of illness.

In a statement issued by the pumping station, a spokesperson confirmed the beach closures.

"Following advice from the HSE the Bathing Water Notices will remain in place at Dollymount, Sandymount and Merrion Beaches due to a second incident where suspected elevated levels of bacteria have been found in the wastewater discharge in the treated effluent from Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant," the statement read.

The restrictions were put in place by Dublin City Council.

It's understood that water samples were taken yesterday and will produce results on Monday.

The news come as Ireland currently experiences sunny and warm weather, with some of the hottest places in the country hitting highs of 21 degrees.