Selina and Justin Callaghan with their son Tristan (2).“Little Tristan helps a lot,” Selina says. “He keeps us busy.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sociable and sporty, 11-year-old Conor Callaghan was excited about the prospect of starting sixth class at Dromin National School, Co Louth in August,(...)

The extension by Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan of the smoky coal ban to 13 more towns, effectively half the country, and which came into for(...)

Turf on a peat bog in Connemara National Park

1 Implement a nationwide prohibition on smoky coal as soon as possible. Air pollution in the form of PM2.5 – the biggest threat to human health from b(...)

A nationwide smoky coal ban has been favoured by some environment ministers – but coal firms from outside the State have threatened legal action. File photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

Air pollution is the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe, according to the European Environment Agency. It is estimated to cause 1,60(...)

In Ireland, 380,000 people have asthma and 890,000 people will suffer from the condition at some stage of their lives. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Thirty years ago, Ireland was a different country environmentally. The annual winter shrouding of Dublin with thick smog – grimly accepted by most a(...)

More than 80 per cent of people with a long-term respiratory illness are concerned they will not be tested quickly enough if they contract coronavirus. Photograph: Getty

More than 80 per cent of people with a long-term respiratory illness are concerned they will not be tested quickly enough if they contract coronavirus(...)

The Asthma Society is extending the hours of its adviceline to meet increased demand. Photograph: iStock

The Asthma Society of Ireland has urged the Health Service Executive (HSE) to develop specific advice for people with long-term respiratory illnesses (...)

Under Teva’s scheme, available across 100 pharmacies, the used inhalers can be returned to certain pharmacies where they’ll then be recycled.  Photograph: iStock

Pharmaceuticals giant Teva launched the State’s first inhaler recycling project in a move that could deal with the roughly 4.4 million devices that ar(...)

The use of 12 or more is an indication someone is at risk of an asthma-related death. Photograph: Getty Images

Almost a third of asthma sufferers are at risk of dying from the disease due to an over-reliance on reliever inhalers, according to new research from (...)

Spectators wait for Ironman Cork competitors to pass by, at Youghal, Co Cork. Photograph: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Two weather warnings were in place on Sunday, as heavy rain hit Ireland. Met Éireann put in place a status yellow rainfall warning for Cork and Wate(...)

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