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Morgan - Guidelines needed with regard to the siting of all mobile phone masts

30 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Arthur Morgan has welcomed the announcement from the OPW that no more mobile phone masts are to be put up near schools until a review of radiation levels has been carried out. Deputy Morgan said "Guidelines need to be drawn up with regard to the siting of all mobile phone masts -- not just in relation to schools. He also called on the government to overturn their 2001 decision and ensure that all public buildings have to apply for planning permission for mobile phone masts.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Today's decision is welcome and follows years of campaigning by local communities across the country who are deeply concerned at the health risks posed by mobile phone masts. Many independent reports have shown that children are at greater risk from the potentially damaging health effects of mobile phone emissions. Sinn Féin believes that mobile phone masts should not be placed on or near schools or indeed youth centres or sporting clubs where young people are likely to be present in large numbers.

"The government needs to bring forward clear guidelines with regard to the siting of all mobile phone masts, not just in relation to schools . And the government needs to overturn the legislation that makes public and commercial buildings exempt from planning permission when installing mobile phone masts."ENDS

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