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Residents launch phone mast campaign

18 May, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin Sinn Féin Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today welcomed, "the latest developments in the battle to get mobile phone companies to engage with communities."

Cllr. Doolan outlined:

"Following a major public meeting last night, it was agreed to launch a citywide campaign to ensure that mobile phone companies consult with local communities before any masts are installed. For too long residents are the last to find out and their concerns go unaddressed. Last night's meeting heard residents from across Dublin demand that the government amend legislation to ensure companies can no longer simply move in and erect a mast with out notifying anyone. We are very worried about the side effects of these masts, yet no one even bothers to address these genuine concerns. Evidence has been presented which seriously challenges the safety of these masts, yet no one has to answer these allegations.

"We intend to take this campaign all the way to the government, Ministers can no longer ride rough shod over people's rights and feel they are immune from residents anger. The campaign will be coordinated across Dublin and then we hope build a national alliance. The days of excluding residents are over''

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, demanded the government, "to review the legislation that makes public and commercial buildings exempt from planning permission when installing mobile phone masts." ENDS

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