Masts & Antennae

mastResearch shows higher rates of illnesses and cancers in those living near mobile masts and base stations. One study has shown that the risk of developing cancer for those living within 400 metres of the mast in comparison to those living outside this area, was three times as high. See Studies Below

There are over 10,000 mobile phone antennae in Ireland, transmitting microwave radiation constantly, and more masts and antennae are planned. These antennae are placed near schools, homes, on top of hospitals, office buildings, and on games pitches.

With the introduction of more technology, the demand for faster speed with 4G and wireless broadband, (and soon faster, stronger, more dangerous 5G) we, and our children, are being increasingly exposed to more and more harmful radiation, as more masts and antennae are erected.  Not all mobile antennae are as imposing and obvious as the one pictured. Many are inconspicuously attached on top and to side of buildings, disguised as trees, and smaller antennae attached to telephone and street poles.

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Scientific Studies

“The siting of cellular phone base stations and other cellular infrastructure such as roof-mounted antenna arrays, especially in residential neighborhoods, is a contentious subject in land-use regulation… Both anecdotal reports and some epidemiology studies have found headaches, skin rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, decreased libido, increased rates of suicide, concentration problems, dizziness, memory changes, increased risk of cancer, tremors, and other neurophysiological effects in populations near base stations. The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures” Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays     B Blake Levitt Henry Lai 2010

The Citizens Initiative Kempten West , which was established after the installation of the T-Mobile transmitter on the bank building (in Lindauerstraße) carried out blood tests on locals before and after installation. Unfortunately, the results confirm the fears of the Initiative. Blood levels were alarmingly altered Study 2007

The Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission Mast on the     Incidence of Cancer Germany 2004

Shinjyo, T. & Shinjyo, A. (2014), Signifikanter Rückgang klinischer Symptome nach Senderabbau – eine Interventionsstudie. Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft, 27(4), S. 294-301. An Intervention Study – Tetsuharu Shinjyo and Akemi Shinjyo – Shinjyo 2014 Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal

Fact Sheet on Cell Towers in France, Germany, Spain, UK  EMRpolicy.org 

Health Effects Associated with Radio Frequency Radiation. Expert Testimony prepared by Magda Havas, B.Sc., Ph.D.

Increased Incidence of Cancer near a Cell Phone Transmitter Station Israel 2004

Neurobehavioral effects among inhabitants around mobile phone base stationsNCBI2007

Environmental Epidemiological Study of Cancer Incidence in the Municipalities of Hausmannstätten & Vasoldsberg Austria 2012

Health and Environmental Concerns Regarding Mobile Phone Base Stations EMFWise

New Study Links Cell Phone Tower Radiation to Diabetes ArabNews

Studies on Health Effects of Mobile Phone Masts and Cancer in Vicinity of Mobile Phone Mast Base Stations Wired Child

Mobile Phone Masts – The AWFUL TRUTH About the Effects on Your Health Goldsworth Residents Against Masts

Ripon Mast Action Group UK – 14 die of cancer and a further 20 develop tumours living beside mobile phone mast

Radiation Research Trust – Eileen O’Connor & Susan Foster.   Presentation on Mobile Phone Mast Cancer Clusters. Discovering Cancer – From Grassroots to Global 

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Some countries are putting guidelines around placement near residential areas, and places where children spend a lot of time (school, home, care centres). Other countries are also reducing the power output or encouraging providers to share services rather than placing more antennae on masts.  In Ireland, no such guidelines are in place.  Mobile phone and wireless broadband companies, An Bord Planala, local councils and government agencies in Ireland do not consider any health risks from mobile phone mast radiation.

In 2012 the Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government issued an update to certain sections of the Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures Guidelines (1996) as used by the planning department.  This stated that separation distances from vulnerable places such as schools in development plans, should not now be included in applications and, conditions limiting the life of telecommunication masts and antennas should cease.  The Minister included two reminders i.e. that health grounds should not be considered as part of the planning application and that ‘all future Development Contribution Schemes must include waivers for broadband infrastructure provision … ‘.  The implications of these changes for local communities who might wish to object to such infrastructure was they could no longer initiate their campaign on policies quoting separation distances as a viable reason to object and, the potential that the previous temporary nature of permission had allowed in challenging application for renewal had ended.  (Comment by Mary Doherty on Irish Planning News, Published by David Mulcahy, 2012)  http://irishplanningnews.ie/significant-updates-to-telecommunication-planning-guidelines/

Here is a mast and antennae locator which should show locations of most masts/antennae in Ireland. Comreg Site Finder

The ComReg site does not show the locations of Tetra masts.