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Saturday 16 December 2017

10 swans left 'at risk' after oil spills into grand canal

Swans covered in oil are recovered from Portobello Harbour by DSPCA Inspector Tony McGovern and Liam Kinsella
Swans covered in oil are recovered from Portobello Harbour by DSPCA Inspector Tony McGovern and Liam Kinsella
Swans covered in oil are recovered from Portobello Harbour by DSPCA Inspector Tony McGovern and Liam Kinsella

SEVERAL swans are in a serious condition after an oil spill in Dublin got into the Grand Canal.

The spill, which is believed to have originated in the south west of the city, reached the Sean Walsh park in Tallaght, the Goldenbridge area and the canal.

Ten swans were affected, and the DSPCA is currently treating them.

A spokesperson for the organisation confirmed that eight of the birds were taken from the park in Tallaght and one each from the other two locations.

"We currently have 10 swans in our care that are at risk, they are absolutely covered in oil," the spokesperson said.

It has not yet been confirmed if the three incidents are linked.

One theory is that the spill may have gone upstream from the park in Tallaght and spread into a river that links with the canal.

A spokesperson for the local authority confirmed yesterday that it was aware of the incident.

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"South Dublin County Council can confirm that we attended a minor pollution incident at the lake in Sean Walsh Park originating from the Whitestown (Tallaght) stream this morning at 9am," said the spokesperson.

"The council's pollution officer and environment staff were quickly on site carrying out an investigation and clean-up of the incident so as to minimise any environmental damage."

The spokesperson added that the DSPCA was called out as some of the swans had come in contact with the pollutant.

A number of swans were then removed from the pond by the DSPCA for cleaning and will be returned to the park.

The incident is currently under investigation to identify the source of the pollution.

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