Stanley organises cross party presentation to stop fluoridation of water
Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, today will host a presentation in Leinster House in support of his campaign to end the fluoridation of our drinking water.
“In May I introduced the Health Fluoridation of Water Supplies Repeal Bill 2013. If passed, this bill will ensure that fluoridation is no more. The fluoridation of our water started in 1964. It was a crude way of medicating the public with fluoride. Consecutive governments have had the public drinking fluoride for 50 years without consent.
“There has been wide spread opposition to fluoridation since Gladys Ryan took her case to the High Court in 1964 on the basis that citizens had no choice but to drink medicated water. It is time to stop this mass medication.
“I am delighted to have two leading campaigners in Leinster House adding weight to our campaign. Both Aishling Fitzgibbon, aka Girl against Fluoride, and leading environmental scientist Declan Waugh.
“The evidence is there for all to see. Ireland is only one of four EU states that support fluoridation of water. Switzerland was the last European country to end fluoridation in 2000. Public water supplies in the north are not fluoridated.
“The EU Commission of Health and Consumers stated that, ‘people do not need fluoride for normal growth and development’. The European Court of Justice has defined fluoridation as a medication and has refused to sanction its implementation. Yet our government continues to impose fluoride on the population at a cost of €4.8 million per annum.
“This is not a party political issue. Today is about seeking cross party support for a bill that will improve public health.”
Note: The Case against Fluoridation presentation in Leinster House, AV room, Wednesday 1.30pm.