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Mobile phone companies give two fingers to local community - Crowe

18 September, 2006

Local Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has described the erection of a mobile phone mast at Cookstown Cottages in Tallaght, opposite St. Mark's Community School, as 'blatant disregard of the planning regulations and more importantly, the health and safety of local residents, workers and school children in the locality'. He went on to call for mobile phone operators to be made culpable for erection of masts without planning permission.

The Dublin South-West TD said: "This particular site in Tallaght has a history with the local planning authority. Three years ago a radio mast was erected there for a taxi company. The latest addition of a network 3 mobile phone mast has raised fears in local residents surrounding the possible health implications of these masts. The mast in question is just across the road from St. Mark's Community School where hundreds of children attend.

"Developers agreeing to the erection of such mobile phone masts, without gaining the required planning permission are showing a blatant disregard for proper planning and the health and safety of local residents, workers and school children.

"The mobile phone companies should also be culpable for allowing their masts to be erected without planning permission. More stringent measures should be introduced to punish those complicit in erecting such masts without the proper permission.

"Whole communities are concerned about the health implications of such masts, but are being given the two fingers by land owners and mobile phone companies who act in such a reckless and cavalier manner."

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