Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Questions (186)

Tony Gregory


187 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if the concerns of staff at his Department’s Aras Mhic Diarmuida building and a petition signed by a large number of staff have been brought to his attention regarding this installation of telecommunications masts on the roof of the building; if this will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21532/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

In line with Government policy to support the rollout of 3G mobile technology, the Office of Public Works has entered into contractual arrangements with mobile phone companies to locate telecommunications infrastructure, on Government buildings, as necessary. Aras Mhic Dhiarmada has been identified as one such building.

My Department is aware that staff have health and safety concerns in relation to this and has received assurances from the Office of Public Works that the installation and operation of this equipment will strictly comply with all relevant health and safety standards, EU regulations and guidelines on emissions issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection, ICNIRP.

The site will be surveyed prior to the mast going live and afterwards to ensure that it complies with the guidelines referred to above. To further allay staff concerns my Department has contracted another company to take readings of emissions to ensure compliance. The result of both of these readings will be conveyed to staff.

Questions Nos. 188 and 189 answered with Question No. 181.
Question No. 190 answered with QuestionNo. 185.