Dearey: 'We need to press for better water quality'

Beach awards

Dearey: 'We need to press for better water quality'
Conor Martin @DundalkDemocrat

Three beaches in County Louth - Port, Templetown and Clogherhead, retained their Blue Flags today at the 2016 Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards last week.

Cllr. Mark Dearey Dundalk-Carlingford, applauded the success, but called for further work on water quality in the county.

“ This is very good news indeed, great news even.It is important that we continue to maintain the standard and try ensure that whatever land bases run off are treated. Our seas our a precious resource as well as an attraction.

“They offer economic value and add to our own general health and well being. I would love to see villages like Omeath get a treatment sewage plant.

“There is actually one scheduled for 2017.I would like to see no unregulated sewage for Louth. We need to continue to press on for better water quality and treatment of our sewage", he said.

Mr Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government presented the awards at a ceremony at Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin.

A total of 141 awards were presented for beaches and marinas in 14 local authorities around the country.

The Blue Flag is an international award for beach excellence, which is operated in Ireland by An Taisce with support from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

The Blue Flag Programme has been operating in Ireland since 1988, and this year 85 Blue Flags are being awarded, 79 to beaches and 6 to marinas.