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 is to become a test zone for non-pollutant fuels.

Medical evidence has shown smog aggravates diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease.

Professor John Prichard discusses the effects of smog on the respiratory system and the health risk to the population.

Padraig Flynn, Minister for the Environment, says there are alternative fuel types available to people in the Ballyfermot area.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 November 1988. The reporter is Maggie O'Kane.