On 8 November 1988 Ballyfermot is declared Ireland's first smokeless fuel zone.
As pollution levels in Dublin reach toxic levels, new legislation has been introduced restricting the use of certain fuels in the Ballyfermot area. From May 1989 Ballyfermot becomes a test zone for non-pollutant fuels.
In this RTÉ News report by Maggie O'Kane, Professor John Prichard discusses the effects of smog on the respiratory system.
Padraig Flynn, Minster for the Environment, talks about the alternative fuel types available to people in the Ballyfermot area.