Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Question 160: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if the Task Force on Emergency Planning and the Office of Emergency Planning have decided to issue the leaflet Safeguarding Ireland from Nuclear Accidents to every household in the State; and if their decision is positive will he agree that at the same time a leaflet should be delivered in relation to the safe disposal of redundant iodine tablets distributed to each house in the State in 2002. [30924/06]
My Department's Leaflet Safeguarding Ireland from Nuclear Accidents has recently been widely distributed to libraries and Citizens Information Centres. It is also available on the websites of both my Department — www.environ.ie and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, — www.rpii.ie. The question of its wider distribution is being considered in the context of a communications strategy currently being developed under the auspices of the Task Force on Emergency Planning and the Office of Emergency Planning. The objective of the communications strategy is to ensure that the public is informed to best effect in relation to emergency planning matters in general.
Matters relating to the distribution, administering and efficacy of iodine tablets in the event of a nuclear accident or emergency are the responsibility of the Minister for Health and Children, as are matters relating to their safe disposal upon expiry. Further information on iodine tablets is available on the website of the Department of Health and Children — www.dohc.ie