“Ireland’s electromagnetic field policy is not to allow the electromagnetic field health issue effect the growth and prosperity of the Irish economy.
A statement of government policy on mobile phones by a chief technical adviser to the Department of Communications, January 2008
This statement was made during an interview with Philip Boucher-Hayes of The RTE Radio Investigative Unit for a piece on The Pat Kenny radio show, entitled “Worried about Wifi”. The broadcast highlighted the point that despite some studies saying we have nothing to fear from the radiation from mobile phone masts, there is however a growing body of scientific evidence confirming serious health implications that never receives this kind of publicity. (This report, including interviews with electrosensitivity sufferers, has since expired from RTE website and is currently unavailable).
The RTE Radio Investigative Unit revealed how the government’s policy has been to protect the interests of the multi-billion euro mobile phone industry, and ignore the health concerns associated with electromagnetic radiation. Currently, we are seeing this same attitude with the government’s downplaying of the valid health concerns with regard to pylons, powerlines and wind turbines.
Mobile Phone Masts and Antennae
RTE Report 1998 – Opposition to Phone Mobile Masts https://www.rte.ie/archives/2018/0227/943945-telephone-masts-a-public-health-issue/
1998 Joint Committee on Public Enterprise and Transport Report on Non-Ionising Microwave Radiation Emissions from Communication Masts – including testimonies from campaigners and people suffering ill health since mast installations near their homes. http://archive.oireachtas.ie/1998/REPORT_26111998_0.html
February 2006 – Members of Irish Electromagnetic Radiation Victims Network (IERVN) recount their daily sufferings at Joint Committee on Health and Children in Leinster House https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/phone-masts-affecting-health-nationwide-claim-campaigners-242903.html
In 2012 the Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government issued an update to certain sections of the Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures Guidelines (1996) as used by the planning department. This stated that separation distances from vulnerable places such as schools in development plans, should not now be included in applications and, conditions limiting the life of telecommunication masts and antennas should cease. The Minister included two reminders i.e. that health grounds should not be considered as part of the planning application and that ‘all future Development Contribution Schemes must include waivers for broadband infrastructure provision …’. The implications of these changes for local communities who might wish to object to such infrastructure was they could no longer initiate their campaign on policies quoting separation distances as a viable reason to object and, the potential that the previous temporary nature of permission had allowed in challenging application for renewal had ended. http://irishplanningnews.ie/significant-updates-to-telecommunication-planning-guidelines/
“2.3 The Development Plan and Separation Distances The 1996 Guidelines advised that planning authorities should indicate in their development plans any locations where, for various reasons, telecommunications installations would not be favoured or where special conditions would apply, and suggested that such locations might include lands whose high amenity value is already recognised in a development plan, protected structures, or sites beside schools. While the policies above are reasonable, there has, however, been a growing trend for the insertion of development plan policies and objectives specifying minimum distances between telecommunications structures from houses and schools, e.g. up to 1km. Such distance requirements, without allowing for flexibility on a case-by-case basis, can make the identification of a site for new infrastructure very difficult. Planning authorities should therefore not include such separation distances as they can inadvertently have a major impact on the roll out of aviable and effective telecommunication network. https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/Planning
A further update in 2018 on the planning guidelines allow for higher structures and more antennae and dishes on masts, giving even more leeway to telecommunications companies. https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/pl_01-2018_amendments
To find out location of mobile phone antennae near you visit Comreg Site Finder.
Who sets the Guidelines on Ireland’s RF Exposure?
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is currently responsible for policy relating to the health effects of non-ionising radiation including electromagnetic fields. They are still following outdated guidelines issued by ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) in 1998. ICNIRP is a self appointed organisation which benefits industry rather than public health.
ICNIRP standards, used in Ireland and UK and various other countries, were voted “out of date” & “obsolete” by the European Parliament in 2008. They do not adhere to the Precautionary Principle and only apply to “thermal effects”, despite evidence showing that biological non-thermal effects do occur with exposure to radiation.
Some governments in other countries allow RF exposures below ICNIRP’s guidelines – over 40% of countries have non-ionising radiation standards more rigorous than ICNIRP. As you will see from the graph below, Irish authorities allow for extremely high radiation exposure levels.
Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health & Children Press Release
June 2011 “In the last few days, WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as emitted by mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). This is based on research which has shown that a positive association has been observed between mobile phone use and an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer”
“We may not truly understand the health affects of mobile phones for many years. However, research does show that using mobile phones affects brain activity. There is general consensus that children are more vulnerable to radiation from mobile phones than adults. Therefore the sensible thing to do is to adopt a precautionary approach rather than wait to have the risks confirmed.”
“There is strong evidence proving that using a mobile phone while driving increases the risk of traffic accidents. The use of a hands free kit does not significantly reduce this risk. Therefore the CMO strongly advises that all drivers should refrain from using mobile phones.” Department of Health Website
Mobile Phone Radiation Warning Bill 2011
SCHEDULE – 20 “WARNING: THIS DEVICE EMITS ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION. USERS, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN, SHOULD KEEP THIS DEVICE AWAY FROM THE HEAD AND BODY.”
This warning was to be placed on all mobile phones and packaging. However, the Government has not yet enacted this Bill to protect children. Why not? Oireachtas.ie
Ireland – The Test Bed for All Things Wireless Since 2005
Ireland has been and is being used as a test bed for wireless communications and technology industries from all over the world to come here to test and develop their new wireless products and services. This means much more radio frequencies being added to already existing ones and more exposure to electromagnetic radiation for the Irish population. Test and Trial (ComReg) Read more here
The Irish Doctors Environmental Association worked for many years to raise awareness of the effects of electromagnetic radiation in Ireland. In 2005, they submitted a Report to The Joint Oireachtas Committee, expressing their concerns, particularly for with electrosensitivity.
The IDEA also contributed to The Safe Schools Report 2012, a comprehensive report from scientists, doctors and experts worldwide about the dangers of wireless technologies to our children. In 2013, they wrote to all schools in Ireland highlighting their serious concerns about the ubiquitous use of Wifi in schools and classrooms. idea-wifi-in-schools-2013.pdf
ESB will start replacing electricity meters with Smart Meters in Autumn 2019. Gas Networks Ireland are replacing their meters with “Smart Ready” meter, to be upgraded at a later date. Water meters are wireless.
In May 2018 Minister for Communications Denis Naughten TD welcomed the launch of the European Commission’s WiFi4EU initiative which means public spaces across the country will get free WiFi hotspots. €120million is available to Local Authorities under the Scheme.
59 public areas across Ireland have since been granted funding to provide free, open access Wi-Fi under a €120m European initiative called https://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/wi-fi-ireland-public-spaces-wifi4eu
“Local authorities across Ireland now have an opportunity to install Wi-Fi in their villages, towns and cities, in parks and hospitals, libraries and town squares, and I wish them all the best in their endeavours.” Minister for State at the Department of Rural and Community Development Seán Canney, TD.
In 2017 ComReg awarded five mobile and internet service providers space on the country’s 3.6GHz spectrum, which has been identified as a primary band suitable for the introduction of 5G in Europe.
In November 2018, Vodafone deployed a new site in Dublin’s Docklands to test 5G hardware, software and services ahead of a wider roll-out of 5G mobile technology. In December, they announced plans to commence 5G wireless broadband trials at four rural locations around the country.
Imagine are rolling out 5G Ready fixed broadband across the country.
The Government and Department of Education are fully supportive of children being exposed to industrial strength wireless radiation in schools.
There is huge opposition to the proposed installation of hundreds of pylons and overhead powerlines, and wind turbines across our countryside. These are potentially dangerous to the local environment and those living near them. Pylons & Powerlines Wind Turbines
Lectures given in Ireland by visiting Experts on EMFs
DR GERD OBERFELD, from Salzburg, who addressed the Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) April 2009, parallels the prediction by the Royal College of Physicians last year which predicted that half the Irish population will have “some form of cancer” by the year 2025. Read More HERE and HERE
BARRY TROWER – Presentation to the Irish Doctors Environmental Association on the Danger of Microwave-Based Communications Systems (Dublin, April 2013) Read HERE