In total some 434 homes were identified with high levels of the cancer-causing gas Radon, over the past 1.5 years. These new figures have been released by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).
Radon is a radioactive, colourless, odourless, tasteless gas, occurring naturally as an indirect decay product of Uranium or Thorium and is regarded as the second biggest cause of lung cancer and directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths here in Ireland each year.
Radon gas enters a home through the lowest level in a house, which comes in contact with open ground. A typical entry point for radon into homes are; cracks in solid foundations, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls, and through entry areas accessing your water supply. The concentration in one room of a building may be therefore significantly different than the concentration in an adjoining room.
Over 39 homes tested in Ireland had radon levels of between 4 and 10 times the acceptable level and these were located in Galway (15), Wexford (6), Kerry (4), Sligo (4), Cork (2), Wicklow (2), Clare (1), Limerick (1), Louth (1), Mayo (1), Tipperary (1) and Waterford (1).
Some 384 other homes had radon levels up to 4 times the acceptable level and were found, as predicted, in known ‘High Radon Areas,’ throughout the Irish Republic.
Measuring for radon and fixing the problem are regarded as easy to correct. To test for radon, one radon detector is placed in a bedroom and a second in a living room for a three-month period with the detectors then sent by post for analysis. The RPII and a number of private companies provide a radon measurement service at a cost of around €50 depending on which measurement company is chosen. In a worst case scenario remedial work can cost around €850 with annual running costs of approximately €100, however simply improving indoor ventilation may solve the problem.
To view Thurles, which is not regarded as a ‘High Radon Area,’ go to the interactive map made available on the RPII’s website at www.rpii.ie.
Further information can also be obtained by phoning Freefone 1800 300 600.
Thurles Blood Donation Clinic
WHERE: The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
WHEN: Thursday 14th November, 2013.
TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Help Save a Life………GIVE BLOOD
Did You Know ? One car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood, a bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood and a coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
Approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year
3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland
For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: 061 306980
Hospital Chiefs at Nenagh Hospital here in North Co Tipperary, have been ordered to clean up their act by the Health Information and Quality Authority who found the building’s environment and equipment inspected as “generally unclean.”
Inspectors from the State health watchdog, (HIQA) have reported dusty and gritty bedsteads, dirty sinks, mouldy shower rooms, unfettered access to hazardous waste such as needles and syringes, soiled toilets and unclean floors all posing a risk to patients.
HIQA, during an unannounced examination of the hospital on September 5th last month, have reported that there was “much evidence” of the hospital breaching national hygiene standards, particularly in male ward.
The report highlights; stained bedsteads, unclean patient temperature devices, stained floors, crumbling and dusty wall surfaces, sticky glue residues on bedside lockers and faulty electrical fittings having severed wiring hanging free, together with soiled areas in patient toilets and shower areas.
In the ladies ward there were; dusty and gritty beds, unclean floors, a nearby corridor cluttered with specialist equipment being parked alongside laundry, sticky residue on an intravenous pump, unsecured access to needles, syringes and oral medications.
Inspectors also found black mould on sinks in shower rooms and toilets during their visit and hospital chiefs have now been given six weeks to produce a report on improvement plans which will be followed by an inspection in six months to assess progress.
Four other Irish hospitals were also the subject of unannounced examinations by HIQA.
No Limbs No Limits
In our everyday busy worlds, sometimes we all need a little reminder of just how well off most of us really are, despite job losses, austerity and a huge reductions in our living standards.
Our video hereunder shows a clip from “No Limbs, No Limits,” a documentary film, shortly to hit our screens, which tells the inspiring story and giving us a glimpse of the extraordinary life of Joanne O’Riordan, from Millstreet, County Cork, narrated by her brother Steven.
Joanne O’Riordan is not just any normal teenager and not because she has no limbs, due to being born with the rare condition Tetra-amelia syndrome.
At just 15 years old, Joanne first shot to fame back in 2011 when she confronted and indeed shamed Taoiseach Enda Kenny into reversing budget cuts to disability allowances. On the very week of her 16th birthday, she spoke at a UN conference in New York on women in technology, receiving a standing ovation. She was the Rehab Young Person of the Year winner at the People of the Year awards in 2012 and has made multiple appearances on the Late Late Show. Today at just 17 years old she is a popular weekly columnist with The Examiner newspaper.
Which brings me next to an important Rehab event taking place here in Thurles on Friday October 11th next. The event is a Table Quiz in aid of RehabCare, Stradavoher, Thurles, which takes place at Skehan’s Bar in Liberty Square.
This quiz begins sharp at 9:00pm so start checking out your current affairs, sport, history, geography and the history of Boybands etc
Tables of four competitors will cost just €20 or €5 each per each competitor taking part.
There will be a host of fabulous Raffle and Spot Prizes on Friday night, including holiday hotel breaks, so please, please do support this very worthy cause, as your assistance is very much required.
A consortium made up of An Post and Camelot, latter the company behind the UK lottery, have been successful in their bid of €405m to run the Irish National Lottery.
Premier Lotteries Ireland, a group involving the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, owner of Camelot, An Post and An Post pension funds has been selected to take over the licence, having offered the highest bid for allowing them to operate the prize fund for 20 years.
Two thirds of profits after prizes will continue to be distributed to good causes, but it has not been clarified if same will continue to be solely the gift of reigning political party’s.
The €405m licence fee will be paid in two equal instalments, with the first when the licence is signed in December and the second when Premier Lotteries Ireland take up the licence.
Money from the sale of the licence will now part fund the long awaited new children’s hospital, to be built on a site at St James Hospital in Dublin city.
The deal is expected to be signed in December and the new licence will run from October of next year.