Plans for a waterside park along the Liffey could be in danger after poor water quality was detected along a popular stretch of the river.
South Dublin County Council found high pollution levels between the Kildare county boundary and the Strawberry Beds - a part of the Liffey regularly used for kayaking and rowing and is also popular with swimmers in the summer time.
However, because it's not one of Dublin's official bathing areas, it doesn't appear on the EPA's annual quality report.
According to The Irish Times, six tests were carried out between December and March of this year. Out of those, none of the samples scored as 'good' or 'excellent' while half were rated as 'poor'.
The tests took place ahead of proposals by the council to develop a 'blueway' river trail which has plans to feature a waterside park along the Liffey between Chapelizod and Leixlip.