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Sixteen per cent of homes measured in Mayo have high levels of cancer causing radon gas, according to the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII). Radon, a colourless, odourless and tasteless radioactive gas is linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths each year in Ireland. The RPII has urged Mayo homeowners to install radon detection equipment in order to ensure that they are not at risk from this threat.
Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has criticised the Fianna Fáil/Green Government for what he calls “their reckless approach to job security and creation” as Mayo’s unemployment figures went through the roof over the past two years. The figures obtained from the Minister for Social and Family Affairs for January 2007 shows 4,760 people signing on in the county. This is compared to 12,114 in September 2009 and demonstrates the seriousness facing a substantial part of Mayo’s population.
In support of European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 24-30), CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme is encouraging every woman aged 25 to 60 who receives a CervicalCheck invitation to accept it and go for her free smear test.
The decision to defer the decentralisation of the Office of Public Works (OPW) to Claremorris has been described as a ‘hammer blow’ to the county by Fine Gael spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Michael Ring.