Human faeces, beer bottles and dirty nappies are among the disgusting tide of waste dumped on Fingal’s beaches during the heatwave.
Lifeguards are struggling to cope with the 50% increase in numbers flocking to the seaside to enjoy the good weather – many armed with slabs of beer.
And gardai stepped up patrols earlier this week in response to several reports of drunken anti-social behaviour by large gangs of youths.
They warned a “zero tolerance” approach as they vowed to support lifeguards and crack down on excessive drinking.
Fingal County Council has agreed to install portaloos for the summer season in the beach car park in Portmarnock – after human faeces was found there.
Local authorities are warning they will take action against sun-seekers who leave beer cans, bottles, food wrappings, disposable barbeques and dirty nappies behind after a day on the beach.
Last week, environmental activist Olive Gilsenan, who runs the Secrets of the Seashore programme for kids, revealed her disgust at the volume of dumping on Balcarrick Beach in Donabate.
Posting on Facebook, she revealed: “Feeling so deflated this week with the amount of rubbish left behind on our beaches. It’s hard to stay positive at times like this.
“Three evenings in a row I have been cleaning up Donabate beach as the tide has been coming in, trying to stop the rubbish that’s left on the beach from entering the sea.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how bad I’m feeling about what I see … I’m too sad to be mad.”
Meanwhile, representations were made to Fingal County Council after a member of Portmarnock Community Association made a nasty discovery.
PCA posted online: “I reported sightings of Human No 2s in bushes over the weekend in the field beside the back car park …
“Fingal County Council have now agreed to trial [seasonal, peak] portaloos in the back beach car park.”