Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Ceisteanna (305, 306, 307)

Pat Deering

Ceist:

305. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health if he has commissioned a study or research into the number of persons negatively impacted by NOx emissions from diesel vehicles since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53614/19]

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Pat Deering

Ceist:

306. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health the cost to the public health system as a result of health-related cases linked to NOx emissions from diesel vehicles since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53615/19]

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Pat Deering

Ceist:

307. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health the impact of diesel NOx emissions on the public health system in terms of chronic breathing problems and related illnesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53616/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 to 307, inclusive, together.

Policy responsibility for air quality, which would include emissions from cars, is a matter for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

I have not commissioned any study or research into the number of persons negatively impacted by NOx emissions from diesel vehicles nor does my Department hold information regarding the cost to the public health system of health-related cases linked to NOx emissions.