17th January 2020 | Environment, Transport

Green Party launch Air Quality Policy


The Green Party today launched its Air Quality Policy on Dublin’s Tara Street, one of Ireland’s air quality blackspots.

Cllr Patrick Costello, the Green’s transport spokesperson and Dublin South-Central candidate, was particularly concerned about the impact of exhaust fumes on school children:

“We have some extremely worrying data in relation to the increase of air pollution caused by idling vehicles. The latest data shows that additional traffic doubles the nitrous oxide level during school term. We need to make it safer for children to walk or cycle to school, and look at banning cars idling outside schools.” 

Air Quality Policy

Cllr David Healy, Dublin Bay North Dáil candidate, said:

“The ‘school street concept’ is being piloted successfully at Malahide’s St. Oliver Plunkett’s School. The atmosphere outside the school has improved immeasurably by removing cars and traffic outside the school when children arrive and depart. Hopefully we will see the scheme extended to the rest of Fingal.”

Dublin Central candidate Cllr Neasa Hourigan said:

“The latest EPA monitoring figures are quite scary. Children are more vulnerable to air pollution and need our protection. We need to look at developments in other EU countries which have invested in public transport.  People don’t want to sit in their cars but public transport must be accessible and affordable.”

Cllr Roderic O’Gorman, running for the Green Party in Dublin West, said:

“We need to provide solutions to the deteriorating air quality in our urban areas. Investment in public transport is crucial but we also need to make cycling and walking more appealing and safe for commuters and school children.”