Threat from radon gas more serious than expected- BREEN

August 4th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Following recent reports that a local Clare HSE office has been closed and staff moved to alternative offices following the discovery of high levels of radon gas in the Building, Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen claims that the incidents highlights the lack of government action on the RPII Radon Action Plan and he claims that the “threat from radon gas is more serious than expected”.

“The Government needs to take action, radon is the second highest cause of lung cancer in Ireland, and new research shows that the treat from radon gas is much more serious than had been thought previously.”

“The study undertaken by the Radiological Protection Institute shows the dose of radiation received by the Irish population is nine per cent higher than previous estimates and radon is the primary source of radiation here.”

“It is very worrying that the Irish population is exposed to higher levels of radiation than many other European countries.”

“In July 2006 the RPII produced a Radon Action Plan that called for:






  • High Profile Media Campaigns;
  • Better implementation and enforcement of the building regulations;
  • A programme of free radon measurements in High Radon Areas;
  • The introduction of financial incentives to assist householders with radon concentrations in their homes above the Reference Level.