“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.
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. (Comment by Mary Doherty on Irish Planning News, Published by David Mulcahy, 2012) http://irishplanningnews.ie/significant-updates-to-telecommunication-planning-guidelines/
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. Over 40% of countries have non-ionising radiation standards more rigorous than ICNIRP. These standards, used in Ireland and UK, 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.
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 have been working 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.
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, and have recently contacted all schools in Ireland highlighting this issue.
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
The roll-out of water, gas and electricity Smart Meters is currently being implemented across Ireland. Smart Meters
5G transmitters are planned for Ireland.
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