City residents should be informed by the council when air quality drops, Cork’s Green Party have proposed.
The motion was put forward by Green Party councillor, Oliver Moran, who said the system should be similar to the one in place for flood warnings in the city Mr Moran said: "Especially now during COVID, there are more people going for walks outdoors with their families. Over the Christmas period, I was out for a walk with my son and he noticed the air thick with pollution. I found my throat tickling too.
Mr Moran made the point that Cork City Council has collaborated with UCC to place a network of air quality monitors across the city and they could be used to alert residents to bad air quality.
"I don't think a system of alerting residents should be seen as anything alarmist. It's about informing people to make decisions to go out at certain times or not.
"It also brings home that the need to find alternatives to solid fuel home heating isn't just related to climate action. It's about everyday health, like air quality, too."
Real-time data from the Cork City Council/UCC network of air quality monitors can be see online at:purpleair.com.