Bonner, Enda

Tuesday, 28 April 1998

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 155 Nbr. 6

Telephone Masts: Statements.

I welcome the Minister of State although I am slightly disappointed that the Minister, Deputy O'Rourke, could not attend.More Button

This is an important issue for many communities, particularly in rural areas. We, as public representatives, are sent to the Oireachtas to represent the opinions of people in our constituencies an...More Button

The Minister, Deputy O'Rourke, inherited this problem. I compliment her on what she has achieved on this issue during her short time in office. She has taken a number of steps to try to resolve ...More Button

I learned a great deal from the conference in Dublin Castle. Initially it dealt with the effect of emissions from mobile telephones. Many of the people who attended that part of the conference le...More Button

With the exception of one, all the speakers at the conference, in the hour long summary and question and answer session at the end of the day, said the masts posed no real health hazard. However, t...More Button

The meetings of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Enterprise and Transport gave everybody an opportunity to put their case. During the first meeting Dr. Tom McManus, who appears to be well ...More Button

At last week's meeting of the joint committee the expert who has been advising the community groups appeared to water down his opposition which had been based solely on health considerations. He ha...More Button

The other important development was the appointment of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation. The responsibility for ensuring the compliance of Esat Digifone and Eircell with the condition...More Button

A standard provision is that all users of radio frequencies ensure that emissions are below limits specified by guidelines published by the IRPA in association with the World Health Organisation. T...More Button

Signals from telephone masts are becoming weaker as the years go by but the public only sees a proliferation of telecommunications masts throughout the country. Esat Digifone and Eircell have been...More Button

Planning is another issue which has arisen during this debate. The erection of a mast, as a development, requires planning permission. However, the problem to date has arisen in respect of the co-...More Button

The guidelines set out a hierarchy of suitable locations for telecommunication transmitters and state that only as a last resort, and if alternatives are either unavailable or unsuitable, should fr...More Button

The Garda Commissioner attended a meeting of the Joint Committee on Public Enterprise and Transport. My greatest difficulty with the erection of antennae on existing Garda masts is that no consult...More Button

If Esat Digifone wasn't here, the Commissioner would have to pay for the new masts through public funds. So it is saving the State and the taxpayer. It's also good from an environmental point of ...More Button

The article goes on to state:More Button

For the Garda, the main attraction of the deal is seen as technological rather than financial. Under the agreement, the new masts will become the property of the State after they are erected. As p...More Button

It is further stated that “Esat will have to pay a lease for the use of the new radio masts. Payments are estimated to be worth up to £3 million a year to the Garda.” This problem has led to...More Button

I spoke to representatives of Esat today who informed me that they are obliged to fulfil the contracts they have signed. The State and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform should perm...More Button

I wish to refer to an item which is not on the agenda — it might be taken into account for future reference because it relates to the new director of regulation — namely, the future of ...More Button