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Written Answers. - Telecommunications Network.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 159. Mr. Deenihan Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern  if all telecommunications antennae and support structures here are in compliance with the International Radiation Protection Association guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23905/02]

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. D. Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern Guidelines concerning exposure to radio frequency radiation have been developed by the International Committee on Non-ionising Radiation Protection.

Compliance with the international guidelines is a condition attached to all communications licences for mobile telephony services issued in Ireland. The monitoring of telecommunications base stations for compliance with these guidelines is a matter for the Commission for Communications Regulation. This was previously the responsibility of the director for telecommunications regulation.

The Director has, on a regular basis, undertaken audits of telecommunication stations to ensure that the emission limits for non-ionising radiation are being complied with. The audit reports have been placed in the public domain.


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