Monday 22 January 2018

Smoky coal ban to be extended to include all of county Dublin and seven major towns

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE ban on ‘smoky’ coal is to be extended to include the whole of Co Dublin and seven more towns around the country in a bid to improve air quality.

Announcing the move today, Environment Minister Phil Hogan said research has shown that, since the introduction of a the ban on smoky coal in Dublin city in 1990, there have been 350 fewer deaths each year.

The revisions to the ban boundary areas are based on population figures from last year’s Census.

The ban will now be extended to include all of Dublin county, including suburbs and satellite towns, and will be in place in time for next winter.

From May next year, six more provincial towns are also being included in the ban areas because they have populations of over 15,000 people. They include Greystones, Letterkenny, Mullingar, Navan, Newbridge and Portlaoise.

The ban will also be extended to include Wicklow town following requests from the county council and local representatives.

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