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Boylan urges action on air quality

5 November, 2017 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has called for urgent action to improve air quality in the North of Ireland after the results of a survey carried out by the World Health Organisation were revealed.

The Newry-Armagh MLA commented: “The World Health Organisation found that the quality of air in Belfast, Armagh and Derry exceeded the recommended limit of safe exposure to particles with Armagh’s air quality level nearly as bad as those recorded in London.

“Long term exposure to air that exceeds the limit is linked to the development of heart disease and other illnesses and over 500 deaths in the North per year are attributed to air pollution. This represents more deaths per year than road traffic collisions and passive smoking combined. Clearly, urgent cross-departmental action is needed to improve the standard of air quality here.”

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