March 1, 2022

First European Citizens' Initiative addressing 5G and wireless technology safety launched

The first European Citizens' Initiative addressing the safety concerns surrounding 5G and wireless technology in general has been launched in March 2022.

The initiative introduces 23 long overdue legislative proposals for consideration by the EU Commission and EU Parliament.

Ireland For Safe Technology working in conjunction with Europeans For Safe Connections is currently collecting the 1 million signatures needed in order to have the proposals debated in a public hearing at European level.

"The massive rollout of the 5G technology threatens our health, our environment and our privacy. We call on the EU to make legislation to protect citizens and the environment from these threats. 5G has never been adequately assessed according to either health, environmental or privacy criteria. We need a halt on the rollout of 5G and the ‘Internet of Things’ while implementing alternative solutions which are safe, such as cabled internet and fiber lines instead.” - Europeans For Safe Connections

August 13, 2021

CHD and EHT win historic case against FCC on Safety Guidelines for 5G

In America the Children's Health Defense (CHD) in conjunction with the Environmental Health Trust (EHT) have won a historic case against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The case challenged the FCC's decision not to review its 25 year old (1996) guidelines regarding wireless-based technologies including 5G.

Part of the court's decision stated “…the FCC completely failed to acknowledge, let alone respond to, comments concerning the impact of RF radiation on the environment…The record contains substantive evidence of potential environmental harms.”

CHD attorney Robert F Kennedy, Jr. said: “The court’s decision exposes the FCC and FDA as captive agencies that have abandoned their duty to protect public health in favor of a single-minded crusade to increase telecom industry profits.”

CHD attorney Dafna Tachover stated: “The FCC will finally have to recognize the immense suffering by the millions of people who have already been harmed by the FCC’s and FDA’s unprecedented failure to protect public health. Finally the truth is out. I am hopeful that following this decision, the FCC will do the right thing and halt any further deployment of 5G.”

February 23, 2021

Elon Musk targets Kerry for Starlink pilot scheme

MacGillycuddy's Reeks near Killarney has been targeted by tech billionaire Elon Musk's Starlink company to pilot a scheme for the rollout of his controversial satellite broadband technology.

Shrouded in secrecy, a strict non-disclosure agreement was reached between the billionaire’s Starlink company and Kerry County Council in December 2020.

Kerry's residents have a history of caution when it comes to such new technologies and in December 2019 passed a moratorium against 5G rollout in the county until potential adverse impacts on the environment and human health are assessed.

Such concerns regarding Musk's new offering have already been expressed in other countries targeted by the billionaire for pilot schemes. In France, the small village of Saint-Senier-de-Beuvron (population 350) near Mont Saint-Michel rejected an approach, saying there is a lack of clarity about the technology.

A protest has been organised outside Musk's SpaceX headquarters in California for March 19th 2021.

August 6, 2020

Planning permission denied for telecoms mast in GAA centre in Tipperary

An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for telecoms mast in Clonmel GAA centre in Tipperary.

"We’re happy, particularly because there are three primary schools that would have been near the mast.

Residents and others have real concerns and fears for their own health and particularly their children’s health, both now and into the future, from this technology, and in particular from 5G...

They would have continuously beamed radiation into our school yards, homes and workplaces, increasing the health risks for individuals who may already be very vulnerable, both physically and mentally.” said Mr Shoer, a former Mayor of Clonmel.

May 4, 2020

Over 400 doctors in Brussels tell the government to halt the roll out of 5G

Over 400 doctors in Brussels sign an open letter to the government to stop the roll out of 5G due to safety fears.

We ask, with reference to Resolution 1815 of May 2011 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, as well as in line with dozens of calls from doctors and scientists around the world, that local, regional public representatives and federal governments take their responsibilities and the necessary measures in order to obtain:

  • The application of the Precautionary Principle in order to protect the population, especially the youngest, children, pregnant women, the elderly,

  • A moratorium on the deployment of 5G pending health impact studies,

  • Awareness of citizens, in particular parents, adolescents and pregnant women, for the responsible and responsible use of wireless connected objects,

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Mayo County Council votes to oppose 5G rollout across the county

Mayo County Council have voted unanimously to back independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne's proposed motion.

“That we the Members of Mayo County Council in exercising our responsibility to protect the public and the environment from harm, oppose the roll out of the 5G Mobile Network and that this Council would not facilitate in any way the deployment of 5G in the County, until the health implications of 5G are known. We further hereby call on ComReg to delay licensing for it’s rollout and also call on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G on the environment and, in particular, on human health and that a Report on same be compiled and presented to the Oireachtas. A copy of this Motion, if adopted, be forwarded to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, ComReg and each of the Oireachtas Members in the County”.

FEBRUARY 7, 2020

Judge slams ‘dumb’ FCC in Apple iPhone radiation lawsuit

An American judge has ruled that a case against Apple for dangerous levels of iPhone radiation emissions can go ahead. When presented with the details of the safety tests, namely that they had been carried out at a distance of 25mm rather than next to the head as used by everyone he had some notable quotes:

“I can’t believe the FCC would be that dumb. That’s a terrible rule,"

and also remarked when presented with the evidence:

“How could it possibly be that two certified labs can come to different results?” - U.S. District Judge William Alsup

FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Irish Times caught misleading the public on 5G safety

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by Professor Tom Butler that the Irish Times breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland for its article on 5th September 2019 challenging concerns that there might be health risks associated with 5G technology.

The ruling is a major victory for anti-5G activists in Ireland who suggest that the telecoms industry has for a long time had influence over how the mainstream press report on safety concerns regarding the technology.

JANUARY 28, 2020

Mayo County Council to vote on motion to halt 5G rollout

A motion being put forward by Cllr Michael Kilcoyne to halt 5G in line with the other motions already passed in other county councils at the next plenary meeting on the 13th of February.

JANUARY 25, 2020

Ireland participate in world 5G protest

People from countries all over the world gathered on the 25th. Ireland held 3 events, Dublin, Monaghan and Sligo.

JANUARY 24, 2020

Donegal County Council urged to delay roll out of 5G

Cllr Gerry McMonagle says the facts about any possible radiation impact must be fully established before the plans can proceed.

In tandem, there are also calls on the new Communications Minister to initiate a report, detailing a full assessment of any potential health and environmental implications 5G may have.

JANUARY 17, 2020

Co Meath school to reverse iPads-only policy after review

In a statement, parents said they had campaigned for change because they believed that the use of iPads as a primary learning tool in place of physical textbooks was "detrimental to our children's education, health and wellbeing".

The row and its outcome is likely to influence the approach that other schools will take to the issue of technology in the classroom.

Update 28th Feb: "I also get migraines from using my iPad" - Student

December 18, 2019

Kerry Country Council calls for independent investigation into impact of 5G

Following a vote, it was agreed that Kerry County Council would write to the Minister for Health, the Minister for Communications and ComReg, the Commission for Communications Regulation, to seek an independent review.

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Novenmber 27, 2019

Laois County Council passes motion calling for halt to 5G rollout

“That this Council calls on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Mr Richard Bruton, T.D to stop the rollout of 5G Fifth Generation Cellular Technology across the Country. We as a Council and Public Representatives have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of our citizens. There is a reason why insurance companies will not insure 5G - this needs to be investigated further by an independent company with no prospect of financial gain”.

The motion was proposed by independent Cllr. Aisling Moran.

November 25, 2019

Cork County Council passes motion calling for report into health effects of 5G

Cork County Council passed motions questioning the safety of 5G wireless technology and called on RTÉ to organise and conduct a national debate on the safety of 5G technology. The motions were submitted by Councillors Kevin Murphy and Karen Coakley.

“I am calling on Cork County Council to conduct a detailed report in to the safety of 5G. People are extremely worried and voicing their concerns about the harmful effects of radiation. Concerns must be addressed as there could be implications for the public. I call on this Council to support a report and to alleviate the concerns of the people of this County.” - Cllr Karen Coakley

“It is my duty and responsibility as a public representative and Councillor, to make sure the public are fully informed about the potential health risks and benefits of 5G technology. Does Irish society have a necessity for 5G technology? Why do we need it so soon? Especially considering there are health concerns? I request that RTÉ our national broadcast service hosts a thorough public debate on prime-time about the pros and cons, risks and benefits of 5G technology with experts representing all sides.” - Cllr Kevin Murphy

October 25, 2019

Eir launches its 5G network in 10 towns and cities

Eir has become the second mobile operator to launch a 5G mobile network here.

The locations are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Carlow, Castlebar, Dundalk, Drogheda and Kilkenny.

100 additional sites in Athlone, Bray, Ennis, Letterkenny, Sligo, Tralee and Trim will be added before the end of year.

Eventually eir says it will roll out 5G coverage to every major town in Ireland.

October 12, 2019

Wicklow County Council votes to oppose 5G rollout across the county

Wicklow County Council has a social responsibility to serve, inform and protect the public and the environment from exposure to harm and therefore it opposes the roll out of unregulated 5G in the county of Wicklow based on the precautionary principle, pending the enactment by Dail Eireann of protective legislation. In the meantime it's advised a 5G working group be established who would be mandated to report back to the Council of the potential harmful effects of wireless EMF on our environment and our carbon footprint.
-Cllr. Tom Fortune

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September 7, 2019

Sligo County Council votes to oppose 5G rollout across the county

Sligo County Council voted on Monday to delay the testing and roll out of 5G in the county.

They also called on ComReg to delay licensing for the roll out and called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Richard Bruton to establish the facts about the radiation impact of 5G.

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September 2, 2019

Leitrim County Council votes to oppose 5G rollout across the county

Leitrim County Council will not support the rollout of 5G technology in the county.

Councillors Felim Gurn and Justin Warnock brought forward motions to their colleagues at this mornings meeting of the council

August 13, 2019

5G launches in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford

5G has gone live in five cities, making Vodafone the first Irish mobile operator to bring it to market.

"We work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and all the international health organisations and there is no evidence of any adverse effects to health because of electromagnetic technology, which is mobile technology." Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland

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Same WHO as above, 8 years prior...

May 2011 - WHO classifies mobile phone radiation as "Possible human carcinogen"

July 2, 2019

Roscommon County Council votes to oppose 5G rollout across the county

A motion calling on Roscommon County Council to oppose the rollout of 5G has received the backing of the elected representatives.

If anyone knows of a single article dedicated to this announcement please share. It's only mentioned in the article below.

June 18, 2019

Clare County Council votes to oppose 5G rollout across the county

A motion calling on Clare County Council to oppose the rollout of 5G on health grounds has received the backing of the elected representatives.

The call came from Fianna Fáil’s Clare Colleran Molloy, on the back of a recent appeal to the EU from 180 scientists and medics to look into the alleged increased electromagnetic radiation risk that 5G poses.

May 30, 2019

5G rolls out in 6 UK cities

5G rolls out London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester

5G rollout begins in the UK...

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