HSE Statement - River Liffey water quality concern

Friday, 2nd August 2019 

The HSE was informed today (Friday, 2nd August 2019), of a significant increase in bacteria found in the River Liffey in water samples taken between Glenaulin Park and East Link Toll Bridge on dates between 31st July 2019 and 1st August 2019.  Swimming and other water based activates in this water may cause illness.

To reduce the risk of contracting illness people engaged in activities in the River Liffey should take the following precautions:

  • Avoid swimming or other water activities in the River Liffey if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.
  • Avoid swallowing or splashing water as much as possible.
  • Avoid swimming or other water activities with an open cut or wound – if you have one, make sure it is covered appropriately.
  • Wash your hands before handling food.
  • Shower after swimming or water based activities.

If you develop illness following swimming or water based activities in the River Liffey, please seek medical advice, letting them know about your water-based activity. 


Last updated on: 02 / 08 / 2019