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Why Heavy Rain Is Bad News for Swimmers

Grainne Saunders discovers why sea swimming in Dublin Bay isn’t always good for your health. A nice day for a dip. 19th June 2020 was the first dry day after a few days of intense thunderstorms.  Ireland is in lockdown but Dubliners lucky enough to live within 2kms of the sea can take advantage of our beautiful sandy beaches.  On Dollymount, Portmarnock, and Sandymount beaches, signs have been erected. Perplexed would-be swimmers, on seeing the sign, wonder how heavy rainfall makes the sea dirty. Sea swimmers in Dublin should read further.

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The Moral Question?

At the core of the neoliberal ideology is the privatisation of public services. Water is a natural resource required by all inhabitants of this planet. A human right. Not simply a necessity to sustain oneself but central to the sanitation that has been at the heart of prosperous societies for centuries. The liquid of life, some might say.

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Never has there been a more collective communal celebration than the historic Irish Water Movement of late August 2015. Over 150,000 people were remarked as partaking in the march to stop the introduction of additional charges on public Irish water. Seven years on and the debacle is still centred on water but now data centres have entered the fray and corporate entities’ demand is only growing on our national resource.

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