Fergus O’Dowd, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, today (17 January, 2013) launched the public consultation on the draft National Radon Control Strategy for Ireland. Speaking at the National Radon Forum in Dublin, Minister O’Dowd stressed that input from the public is key to ensuring that Ireland has a radon strategy that is fit for purpose.
Minister O’Dowd said “This public consultation will ensure that everyone who has something to say about the direction of Government policies in relation to radon will have the opportunity to make their voice heard in the framing of a National Radon Control Strategy.”
Today’s event, the National Radon Forum, organised by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), is an annual event at which experts and other interested parties can contribute ideas to address this significant and complex public health issue. Minister O’Dowd stressed the importance that reducing radon risk demands innovative and co-ordinated effort among different Government Departments, levels of government, state agencies, private companies, other interested bodies and the public.
Minister O’Dowd said “Today there is a wide variety of people present with different experiences and expertise to inform the debate on this important public health issue.”