Lack of accommodation and blue flag is a burning issue for Wexford village

Independent candidate for the upcoming local elections, Marty Murphy, has highlighted the importance of Duncannon beach regaining its blue flag status for the area to reach its potential.

The picturesque area of Duncannon had a blue flag from 1988 until 2007, however there are issues with the water quality and the beach has not managed to regain its blue flag since, he said.

The EPA’s 2023 Bathing Water Quality report found that Duncannon had the lowest rated water quality of the Co Wexford beaches surveyed, marking it ‘sufficient’.

Speaking from Duncannon Murphy highlighted the importance of regaining the blue flag: “The blue flag beach is a mark of quality. Duncannon beach is still of a high quality but the blue flag status will encourage more tourists to enter the area and will place Duncannon back on the blue flag map. When people are looking at where to stay, many will look at the quality of the beaches and seaside areas. Duncannon is a great village but the return of the blue flag would give the area a great boost.”

The other problem locals and visitors alike are experiencing in Duncannon at the moment, is a lack of tourist accommodation, he said.

“Much of our tourist accommodation in the area has been taken up for other purposes which is leaving a severe lack of beds available for people who wish to visit the area. This has an obvious knock-on effect on other businesses which are sustained each summer by an influx of tourists to the area.

“We need to be sending out the message loud and clear that Duncannon and Duncannon beach are open for tourists and is an excellent place to spend holiday time.”

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