Blue Flag Beaches

Posted May 21st, 2018

Today I presented a record number of Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards to beaches across Ireland at a ceremony in Bray.  A total of 149 awards were presented for beaches and marinas at 144 sites with 5 sites receiving both the Blue Flag and Green Coast Award.

The Blue Flag is an international award for beach excellence and is operated in Ireland by An Taisce with support from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.  The award is presented to beaches and marinas which have excellent water quality and which achieve high standards across a wide range of other criteria including environmental education, management of the environment, safety and other services.

I also highlighted the very useful and timely bathing water information now available to beach users on the linked websites – and– run by An Taisce and the Environmental Protection Agency respectively.

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