Fuel poverty and health

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme


  • Dr Helen McAvoy, Senior Policy Officer, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
  • Frank Kee, Queen's Univeristy Belfast
  • Noelle Cotter, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
  • Eugene Monahan, Environmental Health, Dublin City Council


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Professor Patrick Goodman, Lecturer, School of Physics, Environmental Health Sciences Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology



Funding source

CARDI - Call 2





Last updated

26th September 2013
This project will produce an up-to-date profile of cold related mortality and morbidity among older people and a scientific profile of indoor temperatures and home heating behaviours of a sample of older people.


To link data on cold-related deaths in Ireland north and south, identify factors associated with fuel poverty, measure indoor and outdoor temperatures and study the response of older people to cold weather.

Rising levels of income poverty, a high proportion of older people living alone, reliance on oil-based central heating and poor housing conditions are notable features of fuel poverty among older people In Ireland.

The report, Fuel Poverty, Older People and Cold Weather: An All-Island Analysis, features a review of national fuel poverty statistics relating to older people as well as an analysis of excess winter deaths among older people in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Read the final report here.


Research brief

CARDI has prepared a briefing paper based on the findings of this project. 

Read the research brief here.