Figures from the EPA found 114 beaches had excellent water quality, with 97 per cent meeting or exceeding the minimum standard.

 However the number of beaches with poor bathing water quality increased to five, compared  with three in 2022.

Among the five is Trá na mBan in Spiddal in county Galway

Programme Manager at the EPA Mary Gurrie says heavy summer rainfall is putting pressure on our beaches.

 

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