Tuesday, 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.