Sun, sea and sewage: a bad few weeks for Ireland's beaches

Some fear that the future of Irish Water could end any progress tackling the country’s disgusting sewage problem

19th June, 2016
Local campaigner Patrick Jackson at Doldrum Bay, Howth, where a broken sewer pipe has been leaking onto the beach Picture: Fergal Phillips

A Fáilte Ireland website to promote the Wild Atlantic Way currently features an incredible 360- degree video of professional Irish surfer Ollie O’Flaherty catching a huge wave beneath the Cliffs of Moher.

But last year, O’Flaherty paid a heavy price for a similar surfing expedition in Liscannor, a coastal village in Co Clare, when he was struck down with what his doctor later confirmed was a form of E.coli. He was...

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