Radon gas is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to almost 300 lung cancer cases in Ireland each year. It is a serious public health hazard and the Government has published a strategy to tackle the problem.
To read about work to date to implement this Strategy read the Year 4 Report to Government. This sets out the work carried out to implement Phase 1 of the National Radon Control Strategy (2014-2018). Phase Two of the National Radon Control Strategy (2019-2024) and the Knowledge Gaps - Phase Two (which sets out the research needed to support the strategy) were published in 2019.
Phase Two of the strategy sets out some 33 actions with the ultimate aim of reducing the number of radon related lung cancer cases. This work will be implemented over a 5 year period from 2019 to 2024.
The actions are set out in five thematic areas:
The cross Government group that oversees the implementation of the Strategy is made up of representatives from the following: Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, (Chair), Department of Health, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage , Department of Education, Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Service Executive, the Health and Safety Authority, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the County and City Managers' Association, the Economic and Social Research Institute and TUSLA.
Freephone: 1800 300 600