The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have identified one air quality monitoring station as returning 'poor' readings for Cork City.
Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings
Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have identified one air quality monitoring station as returning 'poor' readings for Cork City.

In their Air Quality Index for Health (AQIH) summary this morning they note air quality as good in Connaught, Dublin, Ulster but poor in at least one station in Cork city and very poor in at least one station in the Leinster and Munster regions.

The report comes on the back of considerable social media reaction to the fact that Cork City was earlier this morning identified as the EU black spot in terms of air quality by a global air quality monitoring site.

Purple Air, who are a private company who sell air filters, monitor air quality via monitors located across the world to create a real-time air quality map.

The map has today consistently shown Cork with an an air quality index (AQI) above 150, well above the internationally accepted threshold for harmful effects on health.

According to the site an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality and below 50 the air quality is good.

With figures over 150 Cork city is experiencing conditions where people "may begin to experience health effects if they are exposed for 24 hours ... particularly for sensitive groups such as the elderly or those with respiratory conditions..."

It is believed current weather conditions with low winds and temperatures is adding to the problem.

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Concerns raised over air quality in Cork City, EPA confirm monitoring station returns 'poor' readings

Nurses take industrial action in Northern Ireland over pay

Nurses take industrial action in Northern Ireland over pay

Industrial action by nurses has paralysed part of the health service in Northern Ireland in a dispute over pay and staffing levels.

The region has been without a devolved government for almost three years and there are no ministers in place to intervene. Thousands of medical surgeries and appointments have been cancelled.

Health trusts which run the NHS have said the 24-hour action by nurses was likely to result in “a significant risk to patient safety”, but senior executives have said they are coping at present.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland director Pat Cullen said: “This is a day that no member of the RCN ever wished to see.

“The last thing that any nurse wants is to have to take industrial action.”

RCN members are not striking but are refusing to do any task which is not “patient specific” because their pay has lagged behind that of colleagues in other parts of the UK.

The Belfast Health Trust, Northern Ireland’s largest, cancelled more than 10,000 outpatient appointments and surgeries this week.

Ms Cullen added: “With around 2,800 vacant nursing posts in the system, record levels of expenditure on agency staff to try to plug the gaps, and nurses’ pay continuing to fall further and further behind the rest of the UK, nurses have had enough.”

The first day of strike action by RCN members is planned for the week before Christmas, on December 18.

On Monday night, the Unite trade union said its thousands of members in the health service had also voted to strike on December 18. The Unison union has also taken industrial action.

In the past, devolved ministers could reallocate money from other priorities and take key decisions on the transformation of the health service in the face of an ageing demographic.

This winter, none are in place due to the continuing fall out between former Stormont coalition partners the DUP and Sinn Fein.

Both parties say they want to re-enter powersharing as soon as possible, but a range of issues including the place of the Irish language in public services is preventing an accommodation.

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith is to convene urgent powersharing talks later this month after the General Election.

Expats study ranks Dublin last out of 82 cities for housing

Expats study ranks Dublin last out of 82 cities for housing

A study has named Dublin as the worst city in the world for expats to find a place to live.

It was ranked last out of the 82 cities in the Expat City Ranking 2019 by Internations for finance and housing, with San Francisco and Munich just above the Irish capital.

    The worst 10 cities for housing
  • 82 Dublin
  • 81 San Francisco
  • 80 Munich
  • 79 Stockholm
  • 78 Copenhagen
  • 77 Paris
  • 76 Geneva
  • 75 Vancouver
  • 74 Amsterdam
  • 73 Auckland

The survey found that 86% of people from overseas found it difficult to find somewhere to live in Dublin. This compares to the global average of 32%.

The ranking also included satisfaction with housing affordability and more than 200,000 people took part.

It is the second year in a row that Dublin has propped up the rankings.

In the overall rankings, which takes quality of life, ease of settling in and urban work life into account, Dublin came in 72nd.

    The worst 11 cities ranked in the Expat City ranking 2019
  • 82 Kuwait City
  • 81 Rome
  • 80 Milan
  • 79 Lagos
  • 78 Paris
  • 77 San Francisco
  • 76 Los Angeles
  • 75 Lima
  • 74 New York
  • 73 Yangon
  • 72 Dublin

A separate ranking for cost of living put Dublin at 76th.

Expats put Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Singpore and Montreal as their top five cities to move to, while the bottom of those rankings saw Kuwait city come last, followed by Rome, Milan, Lagos (Nigeria) and Paris.

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