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The EPA also said an unacceptable number of sources of water continue to be unmonitored. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Too many private water supplies are threatening the health of thousands of people because of the level of contamination being found in supplies, accor(...)

Residential sector emissions – mainly arising from home heating – are estimated, however, to have increased by 9 per  cent  due to so many people working from home.  Photograph: iStock

Greenhouse gas emissions declined in 2020 by 5.9 per cent mainly due to Covid-19; the biggest annual fall since the aftermath of the 2008 financial cr(...)

‘We need urgent and effective action to ensure that the decline in water quality is halted.’ Photograph: iStock

More than a third of Irish rivers and a quarter of lakes are failing to meet environmental quality standards due to high levels of polluting nitrates (...)

Initial studies of the impact of the coronavirus restrictions in March to May of 2020 indicate levels of NO2 dropped dramatically, especially in urban areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s biggest source of air pollution is the burning of solid fuel in residential properties, and this is also the main contributor to an estimate(...)

The Government’s expanded septic tank grant scheme broadens availability of grants and increases the maximum available to €5,000.

Half of the 1,160 septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems failed inspections by local authorities during 2019, according to the (...)

 Leixlip water treatment plant. The number of people threatened by poor water supplies   has doubled largely due to difficulties at the Leixlip plant. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

A total of 52 treatment plants supplying drinking water to 1.1 million people – over a fifth of the Republic’s population – “are vulnerable to failure(...)

More than 60 private supplies were found to be contaminated with human or animal waste at least once during 2018. Photograph: iStock

The quality of drinking water from private supplies continues to deteriorate, putting the health of one million people in Ireland at an unacceptable r(...)

Cryptosporidium was detected in 25 public water supplies in 2018, up from 17 in 2017 and 12 in 2016. Photograph: iStock

Cryptosporidium contamination of public drinking water supplies in Ireland is increasing and poses a risk to public health, the EPA has warned. The 2(...)

Areas along the M50 have some of the worst air pollution in Dublin according to an EPA report. File photograph: Alan Betson

Many areas of Dublin are experiencing worsening air pollution caused by nitrogen dioxide (NO2) with indications that frequent breaches of EU limits ar(...)

Three of the five waters classified as being poor are in the Dublin  region: Merrion strand, Sandymount strand (above) and Portrane beach.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s bathing waters are continuing to improve in quality with the vast majority of EU-designated beaches of excellent or good quality, according (...)

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