Dáil Éireann - Volume 448 - 26 January, 1995
Written Answers. - Guidelines on Radon Gas Levels.
Mr. N. Treacy Mr. N. Treacy
19. Mr. N. Treacy asked the Minister for Health the proposals, if any, he has to issue public guidelines in relation to the dangers of radon gas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1606/95]
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East) Michael Noonan
Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): The Department of the Environment has published guidelines which give information to householders and building designers about measures they can take to reduce high radon levels in buildings. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Long-term exposure to very high levels of radon in an enclosed area can be a contributory factor in increasing the risk of contracting lung cancer, particularly where other factors such as cigarette smoking are involved.
The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland is the statutory body with responsibility for monitoring radiation in the State. The institute initiated a national geographically based radon survey in 1992 which is scheduled for completion in 1997. It involves radon  measurements being taken in at least ten houses in each ten kilometre grid square across the country. A total of about 6,000 houses will be surveyed. The survey is being carried out to assist in identifying areas at greatest risk of high indoor radon levels.
Dáil Éireann 448 Written Answers. Guidelines on Radon Gas Levels.