There's good news for sea swimmers and those hoping to head to the coast to enjoy the fine weather being forecast for this weekend.

Ireland's bathing water quality has continued to improve with 97% of the 148 identified bathing spots either meeting or exceeding the minimum standard.

Only two areas, Front Strand Beach in Balbriggan in North Dublin and Lady's Bay in Buncrana in Donegal, were of poor quality.

Dr. Eimear Cotter of the EPA says dog owners need to act responsibly in bathing areas, as once incidence of fowling can contaminate an area the size of a swimming pool....

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