Masts & Antennae

mastResearch shows higher rates of illnesses and cancers in those living near mobile masts and base stations. One study has shown that the risk of developing cancer for those living within 400 metres of the mast in comparison to those living outside this area, was three times as high. See Studies Below

There are over 10,000 mobile phone antennae in Ireland, transmitting microwave radiation constantly, and more masts and antennae are planned. Despite recommendations by experts and the EU Resolution in 2009 that mobile phone masts should not be placed near schools, hospitals, homes, places of worship, these antennae are placed anywhere the companies want them. 

With the introduction of more technology, the demand for faster speed with 4G and wireless broadband, (and soon faster, stronger, more dangerous 5G) we, and our children, are being increasingly exposed to more and more harmful radiation, as more masts and antennae are erected.  Not all mobile antennae are as imposing and obvious as the one pictured. Many are inconspicuously attached on top and to side of buildings, disguised as trees, and smaller antennae attached to telephone and street poles.


Scientific Studies

Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays- B. Blake Levitt and Henry Lai

“The siting of cellular phone base stations and other cellular infrastructure such as roof-mounted antenna arrays, especially in residential neighborhoods, is a contentious subject in land-use regulation… Both anecdotal reports and some epidemiology studies have found headaches, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, decreased libido, increased rates of suicide, concentration problems, dizziness, memory changes, increased risk of cancer, tremors, and other neurophysiological effects in populations near base stations. The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures” Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays  B Blake Levitt Henry Lai 2010

Cell tower antennaPeople living within 50-300 meter radius are in the high radiation zone and are more prone to ill effects of electromagnetic radiation  Professor Girish Kumar, India – Presentation (2011) 

Study Finds Cell Tower Radiation Is Linked To Type Of  Damage In Human Blood That Predicts Cancer 

A newly published study comparing people living close (within 80 meters) and far (over 300 meters) from a cellular antennas found that the people living closer to the cellular antennas had statistically significant effects- increases in blood damage considered biomarkers predictive of cancer.  Researchers measured the radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposures to the two groups and found that although the levels were within government limits, the people living closer to the cellular antennas had a much higher RF exposure.

The study entitled, “Impact of radiofrequency radiation on DNA damage and antioxidants in peripheral blood lymphocytes of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base station”(Zothansiama et al, 2017) was published in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.

Through blood tests, researchers  found statistically significant findings in people living closer to mobile base stations – who had higher RF levels in their bedrooms than the control group. 

The exposed group had statistically significant:

  • Higher frequency of micronuclei.
  • Attrition in antioxidant glutathione concentration, activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase.
  • Rise in lipid peroxidation a product of free radical oxidation.

“The present study demonstrated that staying near the mobile base stations and continuous use of mobile phones damage the DNA, and it may have an adverse effect in the long run. The persistence of DNA unrepaired damage leads to genomic instability which may lead to several health disorders including the induction of cancer, ” concluded the study authors.

Mobile Telecommunications in Kempten West – Blood levels alarmingly altered

The Citizens Initiative Kempten West, which was established after the installation of the T-Mobile transmitter on the bank building (in Lindauerstraße) carried out blood tests on locals before and after installation. Unfortunately, the results confirm the fears of the Initiative. Blood levels were alarmingly altered Study 2007

The Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission Mast on the Incidence of Cancer

The result of the study shows that the proportion of newly developing cancer cases was significantly higher among those patients who had lived during the past ten years at a distance of up to 400 metres from the cellular transmitter site, which has been in operation since 1993, compared to those patients living further away, and that the patients fell ill on average 8 years earlier. Germany 2004

Neurobehavioral effects among inhabitants around mobile phone base stations 

The prevalence of neuropsychiatric complaints as headache (23.5%), memory changes (28.2%), dizziness (18.8%), tremors (9.4%), depressive symptoms (21.7%), and sleep disturbance (23.5%) were significantly higher among exposed inhabitants than controls (2007)

Shinjyo, T. & Shinjyo, A. (2014), Signifikanter Rückgang klinischer Symptome nach Senderabbau – eine Interventionsstudie. Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft, 27(4), S. 294-301. An Intervention Study – Tetsuharu Shinjyo and Akemi Shinjyo – Shinjyo 2014 Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal

Impact of radiofrequency radiation on DNA damage and antioxidants in peripheral blood lymphocytes of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations. (2017)

Cell Tower Health Effects. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

Fact Sheet on Cell Towers in France, Germany, Spain, UK 

Health Effects Associated with Radio Frequency Radiation.  Expert Testimony prepared by Magda Havas, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Increased Incidence of Cancer near a Cell Phone Transmitter Station Israel 2004

Environmental Epidemiological Study of Cancer Incidence in the Municipalities of Hausmannstätten & Vasoldsberg  Austria Study 2012

Health and Environmental Concerns Regarding Mobile Phone Base Stations EMFWise

Studies of health effects of mobile phone masts WiredChild

PROTECTION ADVICE – what to do if you live near a mobile phone mast or antennae –


Some countries are putting guidelines around placement near residential areas, and places where children spend a lot of time (school, home, care centres). Other countries are also reducing the power output or encouraging providers to share services rather than placing more antennae on masts.

In Ireland, no such guidelines are in place. Mobile phone and wireless broadband companies, An Bord Planala, local councils and government agencies in Ireland do not consider any health risks from mobile phone mast radiation.

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)

Here is a mast and antennae locator which should show locations of most masts/antennae in Ireland. Comreg Site Finder. 

The ComReg site does not show the locations of Tetra masts used for Gardai and emergency services communications.