By staff reporter
Bathing restrictions are now in place on three popular beaches in Dublin.
A restriction notice has been issued by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council that bans swimming at Killiney and White Rock beaches.
The decision was taken after the results of samples taken on Monday revealed showed high levels of E Coli and Enterococci contaminants. An investigation is under way into the cause of the contamination.
A temporary ban is also in place on bathing at Sandymount Strand, one of Dublin’s most popular beaches.
Dublin City Council said that water samples did not comply with quality standards. It said the ban would be in place until Friday at the earliest, when the results of further tests would be made available.
The local authority said bathing waters can be temporarily polluted by weather and tidal conditions, faecal matter from dogs and birds and temporary overflows from drains.