These seven Irish beaches were ruled unsafe to swim in
A new report showed that seven Irish beaches - five in Dublin - were ruled unsafe to swim in.
The report, carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency, found risk of illness due to 'poor quality' water.
It wasn't all bad news however, with 77% of Irish beaches receiving an 'Excellent' rating from the EPA.
The 102 beaches that hit the mark in 2017 is the same as the number from 2016.
Sandymount Strand remains on the 'poor' list along with Merrion Strand, while Fingal in Co Dublin sees Loughshinny, Rush South and Portrane beaches fail to meet the mark.
Galway's Ballyloughane and Clifden beaches also failed to hit the mark in the report which was published on Tuesday.Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
The EPA report says that these waters are all vulnerable to pollution events.
The relevant local authorities, in conjunction with Irish Water, have plans in place to tackle the main pollution risks at these beaches with a view to improving them to at least âSufficientâ quality.
It wasn't all bad for Dublin's beaches though, with Velvet Strand in Portmarnock and Burrow Beach in Sutton among those who got 'excellent' ratings.
EPA programme manager Andy Fanning said urban beaches were under more pressure and that more needed to be done to "eliminate the sources of bacterial contamination that are particular to urban locations" including misconnections and sewage discharges.
Peter Webster, a senior scientist with the EPA gave some advice to those looking to go swimming: âDuring the summer, current water quality information and details of any incidents affecting bathing waters will be displayed on the website www.beaches.ie .
"When you get to the beach you should always check the local notice board for information on current water quality.âSource: Google News