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All houses must be tested for radon - Morgan

20 June, 2005


Speaking after the publication of findings by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) survey that 10% of homes with radon barriers have 'unsafe levels' of radon, Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Arthur Morgan T.D. said much more needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers of radon and called on the Government to initiate the testing of all homes in the state for the presence of radon.

Deputy Morgan said, "The findings of the survey by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), published today, clearly show that much more needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers of radon.

"The IPII have stated that the only proper precaution for any home is to ensure it is tested for radon after it has been occupied. I am calling on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche T.D. to sanction and resource the testing of all homes in the state by the RPII for the presence of Radon. In the past the RPII have carried out state-wide surveys of radon in domestic dwellings and would be in position, if properly resourced, to undertake a programme whereby all domestic dwellings would be tested. The cost of doing this would be no more expensive than the pointless issuing of iodine tablets to households which took place a number of years ago. Such a process would give an accurate read on the situation right across the state and make householders awear of any danger or potential danger they are facing from this secret killer, which is blamed for between 150 and 200 long cancer cases a year." ENDS

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