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A swimming ban has been lifted at three Clare beaches.

On Saturday morning, Clare County Council confirmed that the temporary prohibition at Spanish Point, Kilkee and White Strand Miltown Malbay has been lifted. It follows testing of the water in recent days.

An advisory not to swim is in place at Lahinch.

Members of the public are reminded that the safest place to swim is at lifeguarded locations.

Speaking on Saturday morning, Cathaoirleach of the West Clare Municipal District Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) was hopeful further testing at Lahinch may lead to a change in notice. He welcomed the announcement from the local authority as “good news” with swimming now permitted at the majority of beaches in the county on what is promised to be a warm weekend.

He outlined, “The issues with water quality on our coastline urgently need addressing. The HSE, agencies / EPA /Irish Water and all stakeholders must get together with Clare County Council to ensure actions and coordinated plan is put in place identifying clearly and dealing with the causes of the problem. We will focus on this for our part as members of West Clare MD at local authority level”.

Kilkee representative, Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF) stated that tests in the area were excellent over recent days resulting in the lifting of the ban.

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