The speed at which 5G is being rolled out makes it difficult to keep up with new developments. It's already in several Irish cities with local people and councils racing to block it coming to their own counties.
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This brings the number of county councils in Ireland with an motion against 5G to 10.
The row and its outcome is likely to influence the approach that other schools will take to the issue of technology in the classroom.
The motion was proposed by independent Cllr. Colette Connolly.
“I am calling on Cork County Council to conduct a detailed report in to the safety of 5G. People are extremely worried and voicing their concerns about the harmful effects of radiation. Concerns must be addressed as there could be implications for the public. I call on this Council to support a report and to alleviate the concerns of the people of this County.”
- Cllr Karen Coakley
“It is my duty and responsibility as a public representative and Councillor, to make sure the public are fully informed about the potential health risks and benefits of 5G technology. Does Irish society have a necessity for 5G technology? Why do we need it so soon? Especially considering there are health concerns? I request that RTÉ our national broadcast service hosts a thorough public debate on prime-time about the pros and cons, risks and benefits of 5G technology with experts representing all sides.”
- Cllr Kevin Murphy
The locations are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Carlow, Castlebar, Dundalk, Drogheda and Kilkenny. 100 additional sites in Athlone, Bray, Ennis, Letterkenny, Sligo, Tralee and Trim will be added before the end of year. Eventually eir says it will roll out 5G coverage to every major town in Ireland.
Wicklow County Council has a social responsibility to serve, inform and protect the public and the environment from exposure to harm and therefore it opposes the roll out of unregulated 5G in the county of Wicklow based on the precautionary principle, pending the enactment by Dail Eireann of protective legislation. In the meantime it's advised a 5G working group be established who would be mandated to report back to the Council of the potential harmful effects of wireless EMF on our environment and our carbon footprint.
-Cllr. Tom Fortune
They also called on ComReg to delay licensing for the roll out and called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G.
Towns including Glastonbury and Frome in Somerset have opposed the introduction of the fifth generation technology until further information has been obtained about the health effects on its residents, but Totnes is believed to be the first to declare an outright ban on 5G.
Councillors Felim Gurn and Justin Warnock brought forward motions to their colleagues at this mornings meeting of the council
"We work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and all the international health organisations and there is no evidence of any adverse effects to health because of electromagnetic technology, which is mobile technology." Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland
Same WHO as above, 8 years prior...
If anyone knows of a single article dedicated to this annoucement please share. It's only mentioned in the article below.
The call came from Fianna Fáil’s Clare Colleran Molloy, on the back of a recent appeal to the EU from 180 scientists and medics to look into the alleged increased electromagnetic radiation risk that 5G poses.
5G rollout begins in the UK...
“A huge body of research provides clear evidence of the significant threats to children's health from wifi routers and cellular masts”
Celine Fremault, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region Responsible For Housing, Quality Of Life, Environment And Energy “I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.”
"The federal government has made something of a land grab against local infrastructure, like telephone poles, where these wireless nodes will be connected.."
City commissioners are also concerned about the potential health impacts of a major 5G rollout. On Wednesday, they will consider asking the federal government to study the health impacts of 5G on humans and make that information publicly available.
In its just-published annual report, Swisscom was forced to acknowledge that the general public's wariness of mobile antennas in Switzerland was impeding network expansion. "Even without stricter legislation, public concerns about the effects of electromagnetic radiation on the environment and health could further hamper the construction of wireless networks in the future and drive up costs," said the operator.
The NTP final reports found "clear evidence" of increased cancer risk in male rats from low level (i.e., nonthermal) exposures (c.f., heart schwannoma). Furthermore, many hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have found evidence of biologic and health effects from low level exposures to cell phone radiation. Hence, the FCC's exposure guidelines must be re-assessed as they are likely inadequate to protect human health.
Update. As of June 2019 the number has increased to 240 scientists from 40 countries.
Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.
There are many examples of the failure to use the precautionary principle in the past, which have resulted in serious and often irreversible damage to health and environments. Appropriate, precautionary and proportionate actions taken now to avoid plausible and potentially serious threats to health from EMF are likely to be seen as prudent and wise from future perspectives (EEA, 2007).
This early warning was updated in 2009 to include:
The evidence for a head tumour risk from mobile phones, although still very limited, and much contested, is, unfortunately, stronger than two years ago when we first issued our early warning.
The evidence is now strong enough, using the precautionary principle, to justify the following steps (EEA, 2009):
While figures for magnetic and electric fields remained the same the update revised its RF radiation exposure guideline reducing it from 1000 µW/m2 to between 30 and 60 µW/m2 and recommended a precautionary level of between 3-6 µW/m2. The revised recommended maximum exposure guidelines are now:
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in Kyiv at Standing Committee level, today called on European governments to “take all reasonable measures” to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, “and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours”.
Governments should "for children in general, and particularly in schools and classrooms, give preference to wired Internet connections, and strictly regulate the use of mobile phones by schoolchildren on school premises”, and put in place information and awareness-raising campaigns on the risks of potentially harmful long-term biological effects on the environment and on human health.
"The rapporteur underlines in this context that it is most curious, to say the least, that the applicable official threshold values for limiting the health impact of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields and high frequency waves were drawn up and proposed to international political institutions (WHO, European Commission, governments) by the ICNIRP, an NGO whose origin and structure are none too clear and which is furthermore suspected of having rather close links with the industries whose expansion is shaped by recommendations for maximum threshold values for the different frequencies of electromagnetic fields."
After 12 years the ICNIRP decided that its initial figures for electric fields and radio frequency radiation did not need to be changed, while its maximum exposure figure for magnetic fields actually doubled! The official maximum levels for public exposure to EMFs are now:
Most countries including Ireland haven't adopted the 2010 update so our official safety figures for the general public in Ireland are still over 20 years old.
The resulting recommended maximum exposure levels are:
Conclusion: Increased risk was obtained for both cellular and cordless phones
The report only considered health effects from short term exposure and set the levels for public exposure to:
Although these figures are over 20 years old they are still the offical maximum exposure levels for the general public in Ireland (and many other countries) in 2019.