Good News as two North Fingal Beaches as Fingal County Council prepare to apply for Blue Flags. Recently Cllr Boland called for the establishment of a new Committee to
deal with Coastal Management and ancillary facilities. This would mean a focus on all beach amenities and services from coastal erosion, beach management to trading opportunities
Applications to An Taisce to obtain the first Blue Flag for South Beach, Rush and restore the Blue Flag for Balcarrick Beach, Donabate.
Both of these beaches have a provisional water quality classification of ‘Excellent’ for the 2021
Bathing Season which, on top of previous years’ results provides the opportunity to submit these
applications. The most critical of the award criteria, however, relates to bathing water quality, and
without satisfying this criterion, a Blue Flag will not be awarded. Applicants must also meet a range
of criteria including amongst others, education and information provision, environmental
management, safety, and ancillary services.
Boland says that these applications are very good news and as an authority, "we must strive to
achieve the status for all beaches in Fingal. The water quality is the major factor in achieving a Blue
Flag, but we must find solutions to the factors which negatively impact on our objectives."
Watch short video with Cllr Cathal Boland on Rush South Beach
"The Elected Members some months ago agreed to my proposal to establish a new Committee to
deal with Coastal Management and ancillary facilities and I expect that management will present the blueprint of how this committee will operate to the December meeting of the Council. I believe this will have a very positive effect on the management of this great linear park which we are fortunate to have here in Fingal"
The closing date is Friday 17 th December 2021, and the results will be announced in May 2022.