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  • Northside East

Double success for Northside beaches

Friday, 31st May, 2019 8:00am
Double success for Northside beaches

Pictured at the presentation of the Blue Flag for Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand were (from left): David Storey, Fingal County Council, Director of Services for Operations; John Hartnett, Fingal County Council, Water Safety Development Officer; Susan Murphy, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Go

Double success for Northside beaches

Pictured at the presentation of the Blue Flag for Portmarnock’s Velvet Strand were (from left): David Storey, Fingal County Council, Director of Services for Operations; John Hartnett, Fingal County Council, Water Safety Development Officer; Susan Murphy, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Go

FINGAL County Council has welcomed news that Portmarnock’s famous Velvet Strand has retained its Blue Flag status.

And there was further good news for Portmarnock, along with the Burrow Beach in Sutton, as they were both awarded Green Coast awards at a ceremony which was held in Miltown Malbay in County Clare last week.

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. It is presented to beaches and marinas that have excellent water quality and achieve high standards across a wide range of other criteria, including environmental education, management of the environment, safety and other services.

 The Green Coast Award is given to sites which have excellent water quality but may be less developed and less populated than Blue Flag beaches.

 Welcoming the news of the awards, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin, said: “This is great news for Fingal and hopefully it will be another warm summer which will allow thousands of local residents and visitors enjoy the many wonderful beaches across Fingal.”

 Fingal County Council’s Director of Operations, David Storey, said: “Portmarnock is one of the most renowned beaches in the country and it is great news that it has once again been awarded this honour.

 “It is also great that Portmarnock, along with the Burrow beach in Sutton, have both been awarded the Green Coast Award. Crews from Fingal County Council’s operations departments will once again continue to play a key role in maintaining all beaches across Fingal and ensure they are kept clean and litter free during the busy summer months.

 “While the council will continue to play its part, I would encourage all beach users to ensure that they remove all their waste and unwanted items as they depart our beaches.”

Mr Storey  added: Litter bins are provided on all our beaches so there is no excuse for leaving rubbish strewn on beaches.”

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