Radon gas is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to approximately 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 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 Reports to Government. These set 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) are now available.
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:
- Radon prevention in new buildings;
- Use of property transactions to drive action on radon;
- Communications and advocacy;
- Promoting confidence in radon services and
- Radon in workplaces and public buildings.
Cross Government Implementation
The cross Government group that oversees the implementation of the Strategy is made up of representatives from the following: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Chair), Department of Health, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Department of Education and Skills, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Environmental Protection Agency, Health Service Executive, Health and Safety Authority, Geological Survey of Ireland, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the County and City Managers' Association, the Economic and Social Research Institute and TUSLA.