Irish Nationwide Health and Air Quality Linkage (INHALE)

Researcher Name: Eilis O’Reilly


Researcher Name: Stig Hellebust


Telephone number: 0214902680

Researcher Name: Claire Buckley


Funding Body: EPA 2017-CCRP-MS.47

Project type: PhD + Post-doc

Period: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2020


Project description:

This project will 1) evaluate the available data on air quality and health outcomes in Ireland and highlight data gaps, 2) assess the feasibility of linking the data domains without compromising patient confidentiality based on best international practice, 3) test linkage processes that appear feasible to estimate the health impact of outdoor pollution on selected health outcomes and 4) prepare a recommendation paper describing the appropriate use of the existing data and systems to collect data that readily merge air quality data with health outcomes.  Existing network monitoring data and public health data will be used to analyse historical trends and future scenarios. A range of health data sources will be used including: administrative data in the health sector, existing epidemiological cohorts established to link exposure and health outcomes, and air quality monitoring data from multiple locations. A selection of established models will be tested and amended where needed, to quantify the causal association between air pollution and poor health. The work will facilitate a working network of air quality and health professionals, by bringing together experts in the fields of epidemiology, air quality monitoring and modelling, official statistics and medicine and foster future work in the field of environmental epidemiology.


Linking Air Quality and Health Data in Ireland

May 22nd 2019

Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork.

Schedule Final


Available presentations from the workshop are available below:

Stig Hellebust Presentation

O'Mahony/Broderick Presentation

Pat Goodman Presentation

Sean Lyons Presentation

Claire Buckley Presentation

Gerry Brady Presentation

Gerry Brady Presentation


For further information, please contact Dr Christina Dillon at


Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork