“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 Dr Tom McManus, chief technical adviser to the Department of Communications 1993
This statement was re-quoted 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” in 2008. 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 (This report, including interviews with electrosensitivity sufferers, has since been archived by RTE but some details are available here Philip Boucher Hayes report).
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 smart meters, 4G, 5G, pylons, powerlines and wind turbines.
RTE Report 1998 – ‘Opposition to Mobile Phone Masts’ – “What are the health implications of living next to a mobile phone mast?”. Report from people living close to mobile phone masts who experienced headaches, migraine, nausea, and pain since installation of the masts https://www.rte.ie/archives/2018/0227/943945-telephone-masts-a-public-health-issue/
Microwave Sickness/Electrosensitivity in Ireland
In 1998 concerned groups from across Ireland made presentations before Oireachtas Committees as noted in the Joint Committee on Public Enterprise and Transport report on Non-ionising Microwave Radiation Emissions from Communications Masts (1998). Representations from EHS sufferers were also made. http://archive.oireachtas.ie/1998/REPORT_26111998_0.html & https://www.lenus.ie
In 2005 members of IERVN (now ES-Ireland) were represented under the auspices of the Irish Doctors Environmental Association at the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Commuications, Marine and Natural Resources, Report on Non-Ionising radiation from mobile phone handsets and masts – June 2005 (see pages 48 and 50 Dr. Elizabeth Cullen and page 54 Mr Con Colbert). http://archive.oireachtas.ie/2005/REPORT_20050600_2.html
Irish Doctors Environmental Association 2005 Report by Dr Elizabeth Cullen to the Joint Oireachtas Committee 2005
2006 Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA) – IDEA Sensitivity to NIR
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
2005 Irish Doctors Environmental Association – Position on Electromagnetic Radiation
May 1999 – “Gardai have called for no further mobile telephone antennae to be situated on radio masts in Garda stations and for an independent inquiry into possible health side-effects from microwave emissions. The GRA, which represents 8,500 members of garda rank, yesterday voted to oppose any further Esat Digifone antennae on Garda radio masts.The association also heard criticism of the deal struck between the Garda, Department of Justice and Esat over the siting of telephone antennae in return for the free use of mobile telephones by senior officers.
There was unanimous backing for a motion calling for no further telecommunications antennae on stations and for an independent survey of the effects of emissions.” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/telephone-antennae-on-station-masts-opposed-1.183749
July 2007 – Vodafone removes mobile mast from Tipperary farmer’s field after family become sick https://www.irishtimes.com/news/vodafone-removes-mobile-mast-from-tipperary-farmer-s-field-1.951509
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.“ Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer Department of Health
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.”
Ireland – The Test Bed for All Things Wireless Since 2005
Did you know that since 2005 Ireland has been used as a test bed for wireless communications and technology industries from all over the world to come here, for a small fee, to experiment with RF radiation frequencies in various areas throughout the country? Test and Trial (ComReg) Read more here
The Irish Government and Department of Education are fully supportive of children being exposed to industrial strength wireless radiation in schools despite warnings.
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