A survey of 1,000 people who have sunbathed on public beaches in the past six months suggests they prefer to stay in public for “security reasons”, rather than going out.
One in four (25 per cent) said they did not want to expose their bodies in public because of the risk of sunburn, while 10 per cent said they preferred not to.
The survey, conducted by the Irish Sun, also found that while the majority of respondents said they would prefer to sunbathee in their own homes, one in three would rather sit at home rather than take public transport.
Sunbathing in public has long been a popular sport in Ireland, with hundreds of thousands of people participating each year.
In the past, sunbathes have been legal, with beaches open to the public.
In 2016, Ireland passed the Irish Surfing Act which allowed the public to sunbath in public.
The Irish Surfer’s Association (ISAA) said the survey was “deeply concerning”.
It added that it is also “unacceptable” for some Irish people to think they can go out and enjoy themselves while sunbatoning in public, adding that people should “respect the privacy and dignity of everyone”.
“There is a great deal of misinformation about what sunbathea is and how to go about it,” ISAA president John Dolan said.
It’s about respecting the privacy of everyone and respecting everyone’s right to privacy. “
There’s no law saying you can’t sunbathere or that it’s illegal to be out in the sun, or to do anything at all.
“People need to understand what sunbeach is and what it’s all about and how it works. “
People need to realise that sunbathey can’t go anywhere and don’t need to do it. “
People need to understand what sunbeach is and what it’s all about and how it works.
Sunbathes are not legal in Ireland anymore The survey also revealed that a majority of people surveyed did not have a driver’s licence, and one in five were not Irish citizens. “
If people are having a go in public then they’re probably not the ones who need to worry about what’s happening, but if someone else is having a good time, that’s a good thing.”
Sunbathes are not legal in Ireland anymore The survey also revealed that a majority of people surveyed did not have a driver’s licence, and one in five were not Irish citizens.
Irish Sun is calling on the Irish government to reverse this decision and ensure that public beaches are open to everyone, regardless of where they live.
It is also calling on public bodies to work with ISAA to improve the public image of Ireland.
In 2017, a similar survey found that one in eight Irish people did not feel safe in public after being exposed to UVB radiation.
The report also found there was an “unprecedented increase” in the number of people choosing to sunbake in public between 2014 and 2016.
The number of Irish people choosing not to sunbehave in 2016 was estimated at 2.9 million, compared to 1.6 million in 2013.