There has been a call to ban the burning of solid fuels such as coal and wood in homes to improve air quality and health.
The calls were recently made by Professor John Sodeau from the World Health Organisation following a report that Ireland’s air quality is not good.
There is a claim that solid fuels release particles that are toxic, that get into our lungs and hearts. He has said that some homeowners have the facility to heat their homes with oil or gas but also insist in lighting a fire
Irish Rural Link claim that banning fires in homes would affect homes in rural Ireland who are dependent on turf and other solid fuels.
They say People living in rural Ireland use a solid fuel stove or range to heat the home and for their cooking needs.
Louise Lennon Policy & Media Officer with Irish Rural Link earlier spoke to John Lynch on North West Today.