High levels of radon
discovered in North Leitrim

High levels of radon were discovered in five North Leitrim homes this week following tests carried out by the Council.

High levels of radon were discovered in five North Leitrim homes this week following tests carried out by the Council.

By Fiona Heavey

Leitrim County Council implemented a Radon Measurement Programme over the last six months in all Council Work places and in Council Housing Stock in areas in North Leitrim identified by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) as being at risk of high levels of Radon Gas.

The radiological Protection Institute of Ireland website shows that the radon levels in the Manorhamilton area are greater than 20%, which is above acceptable levels.

A total of 143 Council houses, in estates and rural area were tested in Manorhamilton, Glencar, Dromahair and Killargue areas. Detectors were left in place over a three month period in these homes. Most of the test results have now been received and the council have indicated that the vast majority of these tests showed seasonally adjusted Radon levels which are adequate. The households involved have been notified of the reading and advised that no further action is necessary.

However five houses, two which are rurally located and the other three in an estate in Dromahair are reported to have above acceptable levels of radon present. The Council stated it “is in communication with the affected households and has undertaken necessary remedial works.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.