Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (374, 375)

Gino Kenny

Question:

374. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he will take to address the concerns of the EPA regarding the rising levels of pollution and the failure to meet health-related guidelines in this area as set out by the World Health Organisation; his views on the recent EPA report which states that air pollution is responsible for an estimated 1,180 premature deaths each year; his strategy to address the serious public health issue of rising levels of pollution; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40603/19]

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Gino Kenny

Question:

375. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his strategy for dealing with rising levels of nitrogen dioxide caused by transport emissions in urban areas and the serious risk it poses to public health; his views on the progressive steps that several EU countries and cities are taking to address emissions by making public transport free to encourage persons to use private vehicles less; if he will consider same in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40604/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 374 and 375 together.

With regard to air pollution levels, including nitrogen dioxide caused by transport emissions, I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 450 of 1 October. The position is unchanged.

Questions in relation to the cost of public transport should be directed to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Question No. 376 answered with Question No. 367.