Kerry County Council is today erecting signage along the shore of Lough Leane to advise members of the public of the potential for an algal scum which can be harmful to small animals.

Following the taking of samples by council staff in recent days, laboratory tests confirmed the presence of a blue-green algae which may have the potential to form an algal scum.

In accordance with protocols for these situations, precautionary signage has been erected at locations along the shore of Lough Leane and those who frequent the shoreline are being advised to exercise caution.

As a precaution, members of the public should ensure that dogs are kept on leads and not allowed to enter the water.

Daily inspections of the shoreline will take place and further samples will be taken as required. The situation is being monitored closely on an ongoing basis by Kerry County Council.