Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (171)

Tony Gregory

Question:

168 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the Garda authorities will report on their failure to provide information requested by Dublin City Council’s planning enforcement section about the telecommunications antennae at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 1, specifically the antennae there belonging to commercial mobile phone companies and the absence of an emissions audit on the mast; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27651/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am advised by the Garda authorities that they are unaware of any request for information from Dublin City Council's planning enforcement section about commercial mobile phone companies telecommunications antennae on Garda masts.

The Garda Síochána has engaged the services of an independent engineering company to carry out surveys of the electromagnetic field strengths on masts located at a number of Garda stations. These assessments were conducted against the guidelines set down by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, ICNIRP, and the EU recommendation on electromagnetic fields, 1999/519/EC. A number of Garda masts were surveyed and, in all cases, the survey findings showed that the cumulative electromagnetic field strengths emitting from the Garda masts were thousands of times below both the public and occupational guidelines.

A number of Garda masts are surveyed on an annual basis to ensure compliance with the recommended guidelines. I am advised that the antennae on the mast at the Garda station referred to by the Deputy is due to be surveyed shortly in this regard.