Campaigners want national ban on ‘smoky’ coal
Air pollution levels in towns not covered by Dublin ban exceed EU limits, research says
Air pollution levels in smaller towns not covered by the ban on ‘smoky’ coal in Dublin exceed accepted EU limits, research says. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto
The Asthma Society of Ireland has been to the fore in campaigning for a national coal ban for decades.
“Alex died because he wasn’t on the proper medication, not directly because of air pollution. But even though we didn’t live in the city, I’d still hear him coughing at night when there was smoke in the air.”
Ms Robinson is herself asthmatic, as are her other seven children.
“It’s hereditary, I’ve had asthma since I was three. I’m a good age now, and in the winter I can’t go out unless it’s in the car. You can smell the smoke around the town.”
Research published last year by Dr John Wenger of UCC’s centre for research into atmospheric chemistry found that air pollution levels in smaller towns not covered by the ban on smoky coal exceeded accepted EU limits.
Ms Robinson said she would favour a national ban.
“The whole county should be designated smoky coal-free. It will save lives.”