Local Fianna Fáil TD, Jim O’Callaghan has warned locals to be extra cautious of potentially toxic lumps of congealed fat which have washed ashore on some Dublin beaches and coastal areas. This solid white material can be particularly dangerous to dog and other small animals.

It is believed that the oil was part of a consignment which came off a ship sometime in the past 18 months.

“I was contacted by a constituent this week who spoke of his dog suddenly taking ill while walking along the strand at Sandymount. He immediately took his pet to the vet where it was discovered he had eaten an ‘oil fatberg.’ The man’s dog is now thankfully recovering but it is most important to highlight this incident to ensure that no other pet is affected,” explained Deputy O’Callaghan.

“Our picturesque and dog friendly strand is popular among all in the community and many use it on a daily basis. I take the safety of our environment very seriously and will do my utmost to protect a healthy standard along the coast of Dublin Bay South.

“I have contacted the Local Authority and Irish Water to request that warning signs are erected along the Strand as a precaution to all beach users. I have also asked for details on what measures are being undertaken to avoid further water pollution in the area.

“I will be further raising this matter in the Oireachtas and ask residents to keep in touch with any incident or information on the issue,” concluded Deputy O’Callaghan.