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Sinn Féin’s fluoridation bill to be debated this Friday

6 November, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD has today confirmed that Sinn Féin’s ‘Fluoridation of Water Supplies Repeal Bill 2013’ will be debated in the Dáil this Friday, November 8th.

Responding to reports that the Department of Health have established a working group on fluoridation, Stanley said;

“The establishment of yet another working group on fluoridation is a stalling tactic. It should not be used as an excuse to oppose the Sinn Féin bill. The evidence against fluoridation is overwhelming. It is time to stop this mass medication. The public want to see action not another report that will only gather dust in the Minister's office.

“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.

“The evidence is there for all to see. 98% of Europe's population receive water that is not fluoridated. Switzerland was the last European country to end fluoridation in 2000.

“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 for the product and an unknown amount to add it to the public water supply.

“This is not a party political issue but an issue of public health. I will be seeking cross party support for this bill when we debate it in the Dáil on Friday.”

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