To study the pore-mediated transport of ionic species across a lipid membrane, a series of molecular dynamics simulations have been performed of a dipalmitoyl-phosphatidyl-choline bilayer containing a preformed water pore in the presence of sodium and chloride ions. It is found that the stability of the transient water pores is greatly reduced in the presence of the ions. Specifically, the binding of sodium cations at the lipid/water interface increases the pore line tension, resulting in a destabilization of the pore. However, the application of mechanical stress opposes this effect. The flux of ions through these mechanically stabilized pores has been analyzed. Simulations indicate that the transport of the ions through the pores depends strongly on the size of the water channel. In the presence of small pores (radius <1.5 nm) permeation is slow, with both sodium and chloride permeating at similar rates. In the case in which the pores are larger (radius <1.5 nm), a crossover is observed to a regime where the anion flux is greatly enhanced. Based on these observations, a mechanism for the basal membrane permeability of ions is discussed.