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One of the fatbergs which washed up on a Dublin beach.
One of the fatbergs which washed up on a Dublin beach.
Image: Fingal County Council

Warning as 'oily fatbergs' turn up on Irish beaches

Some of the congealed balls were spotted on Hoare’s Rock near Skerries, north Dublin.
Feb 16th 2017, 9:00 AM 50,089 34

THE PUBLIC HAS been warned after potentially toxic balls of fat have washed up on a Dublin beach.

Fingal County Council issued a warning for people to be vigilant for ‘Palm Oil Fatbergs’ which may be along the coast as they can be particularly dangerous to dogs.

Dogs love the “diesel-like” smell of the oily lumps but they can kill the animals due to their toxicity.

The council warned that a number of fatbergs were found on Sunday at Hoare’s Rock, Skerries, and results from laboratory tests have shown that the substance was palm oil.

A spokesperson for the council said it is believed the oil was part of a consignment which came off a ship in the English Channel about 18 months ago. The council believes it was washed to Irish shores after last weekend’s storm.

The spokesperson said: “We believe the discovery of this material in Skerries on Sunday is an isolated incident as we have not had any other sightings along the Fingal coastline. The material is a solid white substance which is known as a ‘Palm Oil Fatberg’ and they can range in size from being as small as a golf ball to as big as a boulder. We are asking the public to be vigilant as this substance can be harmful to dogs.”

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