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Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality.
Summary of ambient air quality in 2019 based on concentration measurements of particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, heavy metals, ozone, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and benzene.
Air Advice Note No. 1
The aim of this Advice Note is to provide concise ‘best-practice guidance for the completion of a Solvent Management Plan (SMP)
Date released: May 24, 2023
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its 2021 assessment of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment.
Date released: February 22, 2023
In October 2022, more than 700 citizen scientists measured levels of the harmful air pollutant, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in Cork City as part of the Clean Air Together (Cork City) project.
Date released: September 19, 2022
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched its annual air quality report ‘Air Quality in Ireland 2021’.
Air quality in Ireland is generally good however there are localised issues due to the burning of smoky fuel or emissions from transport in dense urban areas.
What are the long term effects?
It is now believed that the long term health effects of air pollution are larger than the short term or acute effects. These effects happen at lower pollution levels than the short term effects, and are often not noticed by people at the time the damage is being done.
Until the 1990s, longer term health studies focused mainly on respiratory health, since the lungs are the primary gateway for pollution to enter the human body. As further findings were made, researchers began to recognise that air pollution also affects the heart, meaning many more people are affected. This means that poor air quality is a much bigger public health challenge than previously thought.
More recently studies are investigating the possible link between poor air quality and outcomes such as low birth weight infants and neurological health.
Is historical air quality data accessible to the public?
Yes. All historical air quality data is available to download from our SAFER database https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/
View list of current air monitoring stations
View details on historic air monitoring sites
Is there any air monitoring taking place at or near schools?
The EPA in partnership with An Taisce run a schools project, called the Globe Programme. Its focus is on the measurement of Nitrogen Dioxide concentrations in the air resulting from car use. Find out more information on the Globe Programme.
What are the primary sources of air pollution in Ireland?
Particulate Matter from solid fuel burning remains the greatest threat to good air quality in Ireland. This is closely followed by Nitrogen Dioxide from transport emissions.
How do I monitor air quality in my home?
The EPA only monitors outdoor ambient air. Private consultancy firms can provide air quality monitoring in homes.
If you are concerned about indoor air quality in your workplace you should contact the Health and Safety Authority. Tel: 1890 289 389 or visit the HSA website