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Controversial Dry Robe enthusiasts joined forces with conservative ‘Towel Traditionalists’ to call for an end to raw sewage dumping in Dublin Bay –  demonstrating that effluence can also affect the affluent.

SOS Dublin Bay, a volunteer group, used their towels and dry robes to spell out the figure “18,611” on the beach, to represent the number of people who recently signed a petition on the issue.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

How the ‘monster sewage plant’ in Clonshaugh will look

This morning.

Plans for a €500 million waste water treatment plant in north Dublin have been given the go ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

The facility which local residents labelled a “monster sewage plant” provoked 14,000 objections…

The permission allows for a 12km outfall pipeline to bring the treated wastewater from there to Baldoyle and out to sea for discharge around 1km north east of Ireland’s Eye.

…Local residents, farmers, water sport clubs and environmentalists had opposed the plan fearing the effect on the local land and the sea.

In particular they questioned the effect on Dublin Bay’s UNESCO designation and in particular Ireland’s Eye which will be near the outfall.

Good times.

€500m ‘monster sewage plant’ gets go ahead in Dublin (RTÉ)

Earlier: Sewer Would You Get It?


Slightly Bemused writes:

I thought this might be of longer term interest. Given the current boil water notice in Kildare where drinking the water may cause stomach problems, I found it amusing to get this letter in my door today where they are looking to fix the sewerage network in my town. While this work does need to be done, the timing is very funny.

To be fair, it is good to see that they are addressing the known problems. But it also means that just as I got my back garden under control after the last time they dug it up, it is likely to be dug up again…

Earlier: Go To The Source

July 1


Last Week, Irish Water released a press statement saying:

“Irish Water wish to advise that essential maintenance works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to reduce the risk of odours from the plant are underway and will be completed on Friday, 30 August 2019.

“These works are essential maintenance works on one of the odour control units at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, and involve replacing carbon odour control media to ensure any odours generated in that area of the plant are effectively treated. All other odour conrol units are operating effectively at present.

There may be intermittent odours while these works are carried out.”


Potential odour while essential maintenance is carried out at Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant (Irish Water)

Previously: ‘Further Discharges Expected’

Eau De Toilet

A discharge from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant into Dublin Bay in February

Now that the public has been made aware that sewage is allowed flow into Dublin Bay with every heavy bouts of rain, we should not be waiting for a plant extension to cater for these events.

Land is plentiful down at Ringsend with numerous empty derelict buildings lying there for years. They should build a number of steel tanks to hold the “shock load” of these heavy rainfall events. This sewage can then be treated as normal when the weather is dry.

Surely a simpler, more practical and cheaper way of dealing with this problem?

Peadar Farrell,
Protect Dublin Bay,
Raheny, Dublin 5.



Preventing sewage spills in Dublin Bay (The Irish Times letters page)

Pic: Eoin O’Shaughnessy/Dublin City Shots

Saturday morning.

Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4

Localisation writes:

Good to see Yogis in action on the sewage-closed beach this weekend. But how can they ‘bear’ the smell?

On a more positive note, for once an appropriate smell arrives in time to augment the #Bloomsday hell the rest of us endure.

Joyce would surely have approved of the stink. The “fine tang of faintly scented urine” completes the user experience for the rest of the day.

Previously: “Five-Hundred Yards Of Sh*t-Smelling Foulness I Can’t Even Imagine, Or Maybe I Just Don’t Want To.”

Merrion Strand, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The public have been warned not to swim at Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand and the beaches are expected to remain closed for the rest of the summer.

The two Dublin strands are among five beaches closed because of an emergency sewage overflow due to a mechanical or electrical breakdown.

A temporary breakdown at a pumping station resulted in a discharge to the Liffey, according to Dublin City Council…


Swimming banned at Dublin beaches Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand during Irish heatwave due to sewage overflows (TheIrishSun)


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