Time is “running out” to save Lough Neagh, the Minister for Agriculture Andrew Muir has said.

It is understood that significant investment is needed to tackle the environmental issues facing the lough.

A new report was commissioned after blue-green algae bloomed at unprecedented levels last year.

The report, outlining more than 30 recommendations, was due to be agreed on Thursday, but an agreement was not reached.

It’s understood the Mr Muir will bring the Lough Neagh report back before the Executive on 27 June.

Pollution in the lough and catchment area is the main cause of the blue-green algae, which is extremely toxic to animals and can cause illness in humans.