Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

GSI helping to tackle the problem of radon exposure

Map of Radon Exposure in IrelandTuesday, 7th November was European Radon Day.  A colourless, odourless, tasteless gas, radon forms naturally through the radioactive decay of Uranium which is found in rocks and soils. Radon exposure is a leading cause of lung cancer in Ireland and accounts for over 250 cases each year.

The Geological Survey of Ireland, an agency under the remit of my Department, is taking part in important work that is helping to mitigate radon exposure.

Detecting radon through geoscientific analysis, including the Tellus Programme, is one of the many practical examples of the work of the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI). The GSI is working with the Office of Radiological Protection at the Environment Protection Agency to improve radon mapping in Ireland as part of the National Radon Control Strategy.

Radon exposure varies significant across the country and is much more severe in certain counties including parts of Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Westmeath, among others.

The collection and analysis work being carried out by GSI is helping to produce a better and more accurate map of radon exposure in Ireland which in turn is helping with planning and with carrying out of remediation works to help protect people.

The Government is also taking steps to mimise risk with Government regulations, for example, requiring all new houses in High Radon Areas to be installed with a radon barrier. Households can also search the online map to confirm if they are in a High Radon Area and can apply to have their homes tested.

For more information on the work of the GSI on radon please visit https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/geoscience-topics/environmental-health/Pages/Radon.aspx

For more information on the EPA and radon please visit https://www.epa.ie/radiation/radon/

Pictured at the launch of the Indecon report on the value of the Geoscience Sector to Ireland - €3.27 Billion per annum - left-right: Koen Verbruggen (Director of GSI), Dr Ronnie O’Toole (Indecon), Sean Kyne (Minister for Natural Resources) and Matt Collins (Dept of Communications, Climate Action and Environment)
Pictured at the launch of the Indecon report on the value of the Geoscience Sector to Ireland – €3.27 Billion per annum – left-right: Koen Verbruggen (Director of GSI), Dr Ronnie O’Toole (Indecon), Sean Kyne (Minister for Natural Resources) and Matt Collins (Dept of Communications, Climate Action and Environment)

 

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