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Petition to Geoffery Cox QC MP

Inquest to find if air pollution caused my daughter's death

My beloved daughter Ella died in February 2013 - aged just nine years old. At the time we were told she died because of her asthma. But new evidence has come out linking her death to illegal levels of air pollution - so I’m calling for a new inquest into her death. I’ll never forget the day we lost Ella. It was in the early hours of the morning on the last day of term. She had already picked out her outfit for the end of term disco. But just a few hours later she suffered coughing fits followed by several seizures. She was hospitalised and we lost her. She never made it to the party. Ella was born healthy. She was an active and happy child - cycling, skateboarding, playing football and excelling at swimming. She dreamt of becoming a pilot. Then when she was six she developed asthma, and the frantic hospital visits began. An inquest in 2014 into her unexpected death concluded that Ella died due to a severe asthma attack followed by a seizure, possibly caused by an allergic reaction to something in the air. But the exact cause has remained a mystery. Since then, coverage of the UK’s toxic air pollution increased and I began to think this could be the missing link. New medical research shows that Ella’s frequent hospital admissions were linked with spikes of illegal levels of air pollution around our home near the south circular road. Her final hospital admission took place during one of the worst air pollution episodes in our local area. A renowned medical consultant studying our case found there was a “real prospect that without illegal levels of air pollution Ella would not have died”.  This isn’t just about Ella. Air pollution causes around 40,000 premature deaths per year in the UK (1), and levels of nitrogen dioxide have been illegally high since 2010 in the vast majority of urban areas in the UK (2). The government has been taken to court three times over the illegal levels of air pollution in the UK and lost each time. And yet still the authorities are failing to act. A new inquest wouldn’t just help me get answers about my daughter’s death. Linking air pollution to her death would be a legal first and would make the government look at how to learn from this to avoid future loss of life. It would pile pressure to clean up our toxic air and make sure what happened to Ella never happens to another child. Please sign to call for a new inquest into Ella’s death  (1) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35629034 (2) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/17/uk-taken-to-europes-highest-court-over-air-pollution    

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah
67,914 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Shane Ross TD, Peter Hynes, Kevin Kelly, Paschal Donohoe, Minister Heather Humphries, Sean Kyne TD, John Halligan, Kevin boxer Moran, Leo Varadkar, Sean Canney, michael ring, enda kenny, Lisa chambers, dara calleary, James Laffey, Eamon O'Cuiv, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Cllr Michael Smyth, Cllr Neil Cruise, Cllr John O'Hara, Cllr Annie May Reape, Cllr Gabriel Cronnelly, Cllr Jim Cuddy, Cllr Malachy Noone, Cllr Tom McHugh, Cllr Des Joyce, Cllr Tim Broderick, Cllr Donal Burke, Cllr Dermot Connolly, Cllr Michael Connolly, Cllr Aidan Donohue, Cllr Seosamh O cualain, Cllr Tomas O Curraoin, Cllr Tom Healy, Cllr. Eileen Manion, Cllr Sean O Tuairisg, Cllr Gerry Finnerty, Cllr Gerry Ginty, Cllr Michael Loftus, Cllr. Jarlath Munnelly, Cllr Seamus Weir, Cllr. Cyril Burke, Cllr. Frank Durcan, Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cllr Henry Kenny, Cllr Michael Kilcoyne, Cllr Al McDonnell, Cllr Terese Ruane, Cllr John Caulfield, Cllr Tom Connolly, Cllr. John Cribben, Cllr Richard Finn, Cllr. Gerry Murray, Cllr Patsy O'Brien, Cllr. Damien Ryan, Cllr Rose Conway, Cllr Gerry Coyle, Cllr. Michael Holmes, Cllr. Christy Hyland, Cllr Tereasa McGuire, Cllr Paul Mcnamara, Cllr Brendan Mulroy, Sinn Fein Policy office, Marian Harkin MEP, Robert Troy, Marian Harkin, Micheal Martin TD, Ann McEllin, Dara Calleary TD, deirdre frost, Ian Brannigan

Create a walking and cycling greenway on the closed railway from Sligo to Athenry

 The closed railway line from Sligo (Collooney) to Athenry has been closed for over four decades and is lying in waste. There is very little hope it will ever be opened as a railway again.  People along the route in small towns and villages in the West of Ireland want to see something happen. They have seen the success that greenways on old railways can achieve, a new facility re-inventing the closed railway will bring civic pride to these towns and villages, creating a public space to enjoy.    This project will create many jobs in tourism, a proven fact as greenways the world over attract tourists. We want to know why Galway East TD Sean Canney is trying to stop the tourism jobs that will be created, We want to know why Mayo county council effectively ignored nearly 300 submissions on the county plan asking for a greenway and still won't listen.  We are asking you to sign our petition to the Irish Minister of Transport Shane Ross to say please make this simple project happen.  Minister ask your Independent Alliance colleague Sean Canney why he is opposed to the Greenway.  Mayo cllrs ask your county management why they are stopping this initiative. The new national development plan says there will be another report into the Western Rail Corridor the terms of reference for this report must at least include a greenway as an option.  The Minister still hasn't got this report produced!   Minister, you need to start listening to people in Galway, Mayo and Sligo.  Mayo Cllrs you need to start listening to people in Mayo.  There is not going to be a railway we want a greenway.

Western Rail Trail
20,213 supporters