A national ban on the sale and burning of smoky coal are among proposed new regulations announced by the Government today.
Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan announced the measure on the further regulation of solid fuel use for domestic home heating as part of a public consultation.
The smoky coal ban was first introduced to Dublin in 1990. It was later extended to other areas around the country, but there have been calls for a nationwide ban to be rolled out over the years.
The sale of other solid fuels like unseasoned wood or wet wood could also be banned, Ryan said today.