Concerns raised over Dundalk's air quality

Louth Cllr Mark Dearey queries monitoring of town's air quality

Dundalk Democrat

Reporter:

Dundalk Democrat

Concerns raised over Dundalk's air quality

CONCERNS about air quality in Dundalk and its impact on people suffering from respiratory issues were raised at this month's Louth County Council meeting.

Cllr Mark Dearey raised the issue about the current state of Dundalk's air quality and how it might pose a risk to people with respiratory issues.

“The Environmental Protection Agency website quotes the World Health Organisation which attributes 1,200 deaths in Ireland to poor air quality,” he said.

“Air quality is an issue particularly as it's coming into Winter now. The EPA comment on but don't monitor the air quality in Dundalk.”

Cllr Dearey added: “What is the EPA doing to protect us? There are also wider legal issues around the burning of coal and smoking coal being sold in town.”

Louth County Council Senior Engineer Pat Finn said that the local authority actively carries out checks in relation to the burning of smoking coal.

Mr Finn also promised to provide an update about air quality issues in Dundalk at next month's meeting.