Trace levels of radioactivity from Japan detected in Ireland, RPII

Date released: Mar 29 2011

Levels found are of no public health concern.

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) has confirmed that it has detected the presence of trace amounts of radioactivity from the Fukushima accident in Ireland. The amount of radio-iodine identified is extremely low, is consistent with levels found in other European countries and has no public health implications.

The sample was collected on the RPII’s high volume air sampler which is located in Dublin and samples extremely large volumes of air. The RPII’s national monitoring network is used to provide an early warning of elevated radioactivity levels and the high volume air sampling system is the most sensitive element of this network.

Dr Ann McGarry, Chief Executive of the RPII, said: “The levels which have been identified are extremely low, are not a matter for concern and do not require any special actions to be taken.”

The RPII is continuing to monitor radioactivity levels in the environment and to make them available on our website.”

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For further information:

Murray Consultants 01 498 0346 

Aoibheann O’Sullivan 087 629 14 53

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland 

Marie Kelly 269 7766

 David Dawson 206 6913

Notes to editors:

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) is the national organisation with regulatory, monitoring and advisory responsibilities in matters relating to ionising radiation. In particular, the RPII concerns itself with hazards to health associated with ionising radiation and with radioactive contamination in the environment.

The RPII is an independent public body under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and was established in 1992 under the Radiological Protection Act, 1991. The RPII’s role is to ensure that Irish people and the environment are adequately protected from the harmful effects of ionising radiation. We do this by providing advice to the public and the Government, by monitoring people’s exposure to radiation, by regulating and licensing those who use radiation, by providing technical support to Ireland’s plan to deal with radiation emergencies (NEPNA) and by cooperating with similar bodies internationally.