Kerry retain all 13 Blue Flags

Released: 09 June 2008

Kerry’s 13 Blue Flag beaches have all retained their Blue Flag status, it was announced at an awards ceremony in Louth on Monday, June 9th.

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, presented the 13 Blue Flags to Kerry County Council and congratulated them on their efforts in retaining all of their 13 Blue Flags.

Anne Haugh, Kerry County Council’s Director of Environmental Services praised all those involved in the Blue Flag beaches, and pointed to their importance to the county.

“Tourism is crucial to Kerry’s economy and for decades our beaches have proven to be a huge attraction for visitors, whether from Ireland or abroad,” she said. “The Blue Flag is internationally recognised and to have 13 Blue Flags in Kerry sends out a positive signal that our beaches are of an exceptionally high standard.”

Anne Haugh also pointed to the effort involved in ensuring that Kerry’s beaches achieve Blue Flag status.

“A huge amount of work and money goes into ensuring that the beaches are litter and pollution free and reach the high standards demanded by the judging panel,” she stated. “The public play their part as well, helping to keep our beaches clean, and we hope to continue this good work into the future.

To gain a Blue Flag, beaches have to meet a large number of criteria covering water quality, beach/marina management, safety, services and facilities, environmental education and information.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Michael Healy Rae also paid tribute to all those involved in the Blue Flag beaches. “Local communities and voluntary groups, along with Council staff have all played their part in ensuring that Kerry has kept their 13 Blue Flags,” he said. “You just have to look at the busy beaches around the county over the past few weeks to see the benefits for the county.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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