Irish Water has confirmed that a chemical spill of fluoride occurred at a water treatment plant in Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny on Monday afternoon.

A spokeswoman said it was a small spill and there was no risk to public health. She said Kilkenny Fire Service was notified in accordance with proper procedures. They set up a chemical spill area to manage and contain the spill.

“The spill did not discharge directly to the nearby river Nore,” she said. “A full clean-up is under way and relevant agencies will be notified.”