Bathing at two of the most popular beaches in Sligo is being temporarily banned.
Sligo County Council has confirmed that microbiological analysis of samples taken at Mullaghmore and Rosses Point beaches were non-compliant with bathing water regulations.
The samples were taken on July 29th and showed excessive levels of Intestinal Enterococci, which indicates faecal contamination.
In order to protect bathers’ health, the council is now arranging to erect bathing water prohibition notices at the beaches.
The prohibition will remain in place until it is shown that there is no risk to bathers — further sampling will be carried out today.
Speaking to Ocean FM News, local, councillor Donal Gilroy says he hopes the Prohibition Notices can be removed over the weekend.