Parents fear mobile phone mast may pose threat to schoolchildren

AS PARENTS of pupils opposed to a mast close to their school were meeting last night to discuss their next move, a local senator has raised his concerns over the development.

Waterford Fianna Fáil Senator Brendan Kenneally has urged Ballygunner GAA club to take down a mobile phone mast sited beside St Mary’s National School.

Mr Kenneally said the mast was erected without any public consultation or planning permission and fears its radiation emissions could threaten the health of nearby schoolchildren. Parents of pupils at the school were meeting last night to raise their concerns over the development.

A spokesman for Ballygunner GAA club said the club’s views would be made public at a meeting last night.

Mr Kenneally said he is very disappointed the club allowed this mast to be erected without consultation with local residents or the local school.

Mr Kenneally, a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications member, pointed to a recent report the committee undertook on mobile phone safety.

“The report suggested that planning guidelines be amended to stop the erection of masts near schools and playgrounds.

“It is crucial that we err on the side of caution when dealing with mobile phone masts,” he said.

“I would urge Ballygunner GAA Club to immediately take down the mobile phone mast until we establish for sure that its emissions pose no threat.”

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