Radon tests following remedial works in Killarney mental health unit shows improvement

Radon tests following remedial works in a Kerry mental health unit show an “improvement in all areas.”

Remediation works were undertaken to remove radon from the newly-opened Deer Lodge in Killarney last year, costing €22,000.

Tests carried out before remediation works in Deer Lodge indicated 12 points above 400 Becquerels per metre cubed, including 2 over 500 Becquerels per metre cubed.

A level of 200 Becquerels per metre cubed is the highest acceptable level for residential properties.

Results from a 10-day indicative radon measurement survey indicate 11 of these points are now below 200 Becquerels, with a twelfth test point indicating a level of 219 Becquerels.

Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare is currently undertaking a 3-month testing programme to fully evaluate the impact of remedial works, while a further investigation into the prevalence of odours in parts of the facility is to be investigated next week.

The Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland, which staffs Deer Lodge, had threatened to stage lunchtime protests over the lack of information forthcoming from Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare.