EPA Air Quality in Ireland 2007 report released

Date released: Sep 16 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency today released its Air Quality in Ireland Report 2007.  The release of the report coincides with EU Mobility Week, which runs from 16th to 22nd September 2008. This year’s theme is ‘clean air for all’.

The Air Quality in Ireland 2007 report shows that air quality in Ireland was good throughout the country and complied with all the air quality standards in force across Europe for all pollutants.

Results were based on monitoring data from 26 stations, producing hourly or daily data as required by the EU Directives on Air Quality.

Dr Ciaran O’ Donnell, EPA Programme Manager said,

“What our results for 2007 show is that there is a strong link between air quality and local emissions.  Traffic and smoky fuel are the two main causes of poor air quality in Ireland.  The EPA asks the public to consider the environmental effects of their choice of domestic fuel and mode of transport.”

The main pollutants recorded in 2007 were nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM10).  Nitrogen dioxide levels were highest in the most urbanised areas, mainly due to traffic density.  Particulates were highest in cities and smaller towns.  This is most probably due to traffic density in cities and use of non-smokeless fuel in smaller towns.

The EPA continually monitors air quality across Ireland and provides real-time results  on the website.  Results are updated hourly on the website, which means that when air quality monitoring is underway in your locality,  you can log on at any time to check whether your current air quality is good, fair or poor.

Download the Air Quality in Ireland 2007 – Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality report, available in both English and Irish.

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office - 053-91 70770 (24 hours)