Inland Fisheries launch investigation into oil pollution event on River Shannon

An investigation has been launched after a number of swans needed urgent treatment following an oil spill near Athlone.

Several birds, including cormorants, swans and signets were covered in oil in the incident south of the town on the river Shannon in an area known locally as the ‘Big Meadows’.

Some of the birds affected have been taken for special cleaning to an animal sanctuary in Kildare.

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Inland Fisheries Ireland, whose staff assisted in the clean-up, has confirmed that no dead fish have been found following the weekend spill.

Westmeath County Council has said it’s investigating the matter and has technical personnel on-site to try to determine where the pollution originated and the next steps to take.

The council also said it deployed a boom on the Al River on Saturday to help deal with the oil and that the relevant statutory bodies have been informed of the event.