Oil spills into the River Liffey following a road accident.

Around 20,000 litres of oil has leaked into the River Liffey in Dublin after a road accident involving a tanker and a lorry in Palmerstown.

The accident led to traffic restrictions on a nearby section of road on the N4.Two cars were also involved in the accident but nobody was seriously hurt.

22,000 litres of light crude oil swirling through the current destroying fish and birdlife.

At Islandbridge, Dublin Corporation battled the threat from pollution as the oil flowed down the river from Chapelizod. Bryan Smyth of Dublin Corporation Division outlines some of the efforts being put in place to trap the oil by placing an absorbent boom across the river. It is hoped that they can then extract the oil and prevent further pollution.

Local fishermen along the River Liffey fear the worst. Paul Deveraux of Chapelizod Anglers Club says that the damage is clearly visible in the water.

This is one disaster that we didn't envisage at all.

There are also fears for bird life along the river. Sean Gibney of the Dublin Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) says that the job of the DSPCA is now to get the birds off the water.

Dublin Corporation officials say that this could be one of the worst incidents of pollution on the River Liffey for many years.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 August 2001. The reporter is Robert Shortt.