Thomastown, Gowran, Mooncoin, Graig and Inistioge have all been named as areas which possess high levels of the cancer-causing gas radon, and the public need to be aware of it, according to the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).
The RPII is hosting an awareness drive in Kilkenny this week to highlight the dangers of exposure to the gas. Local TD Ann Phelan is also chairing two public meetings as part of the campaign, which urges people to test their homes for the presence of radon.
The first of the two meetings will be held tomorrow (Thursday, March 27) in the borough council office in City Hall at 2.30pm. The second meeting takes place at 7.30pm in the Waterside Guesthouse, Graignamanagh.
Both events are free, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
“According to the Senior Scientists within RPII, it is very easy to test your home for radon levels and, it is relatively inexpensive to fix this problem, should high levels of radon be found in your home,” says Deputy Phelan.
“I would urge as many residents as possible to attend the meeting, to learn more about this issue and how to safeguard both you and your families into the future.”