Gallagher, Pat

Tuesday, 28 April 1998

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 155 Nbr. 6

Telephone Masts: Statements.

I am glad we have the opportunity to debate this issue. Senator Costello, Senator O'Meara and I tabled a motion last October on this issue and we were promised a debate during the last session. I...More Button

It will be difficult to find a solution which will keep everyone happy. People want access to the most up to date technology and communications in every part of the country but they also want to b...More Button

In the review of the planning laws which the Minister for the Environment and Local Government is undertaking, I seek a repeal of the exemptions for any type of development, including the exemption...More Button

We, as a country or in co-operation with other members of the European Union, must obtain an independent assessment of the health effects of microwave transmitters which are being erected on these ...More Button

It is difficult to win in such a situation. I remember being asked two years ago by a local community to assist in making representations to the council because it alleged that one company had inf...More Button

I compliment the joint committee on its work and I look forward to its report. I was impressed with presentation given by the Director of Telecommunications Regulation to the committee last week. ...More Button

I was impressed with the submissions made by community groups to the committee last week. I can be objective on this because while there are concerns being expressed by communities in my constitue...More Button

I am not qualified to judge Professor Walsh of UCG, Professor Adey, Dr. Cherry, Dr. Stather, Dr. Goldsmith or anyone else mentioned in the submissions last week, but I accept they are all trying to...More Button

I accept that a committee has been set up in co-operation with the World Health Organisation and in association with the United Nations but, as I said to Senator Manning before the debate started, ...More Button

There was a point made in the submission by the group from Carrick-on-Shannon with which I agree, a reference to a statement by Dr. Goldsmith of the Ben Gurion University in Israel that an assumpti...More Button

The group from Donegal questioned the bona fides of Dr. Repacholi, whom I heard making an address to the Government conference in Dublin Castle some weeks ago. I cannot adjudicate whether his stan...More Button

Standards have to be set and we have to make sure they are met. There is enough evidence to refuse to take the ICNIRP at face value. It is significant that the Swiss authorities have not accepted...More Button

I commend to the Minister and the Government a motion which was passed by Youghal UDC in County Cork which was sent to my local authority, Offaly County Council. It passed the same motion last wee...More Button

I agree with the points made about planning issues in the Minister's speech. In County Offaly the first local communities learn about proposals to erect masts in their areas are planning notices i...More Button

The issues mentioned by the Minister included the provision of clear and timely information to local communities by these companies. I could not agree more. Secondly, adequate consultation at loc...More Button

This matter will not be concluded with this debate. I thank the Minister for listening and reiterate the two main points of my argument — the exemption on planning should be removed in all c...More Button

Adjournment Matters. - Industrial Employment in County Offaly.

Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis an gCathaoirleach as ucht an deis seo a thabhairt dom an ábhar tábhachtach seo a chur os comhair an Aire agus an Rialtais.More Button

I want to highlight the need for the Government to set up a special task force to combat the serious decline in industrial employment in County Offaly. I have seen task forces work in other areas ...More Button

This week Offaly County Council, of which I am a member, considered a report entitled Offaly 2000: Towards Integrated and Sustainable Development. This report was prepared by council manage...More Button

For those of us who live and work in the county, the statistics in the report make for worrying reading. At a time when the country as a whole is doing so well County Offaly, from a socio-economic...More Button

Regarding the regional question, I believe we are entitled to Objective One status and that the other two regions whose economies are so much below the national and EU average deserve special atten...More Button

Regarding the demand for a task force in County Offaly, the facts exist and can be analysed clearly and objectively. At a time when population decline in the rest of the country has been reversed,...More Button

Agriculture in the county, which accounts for almost one worker in five and nearly twice the national average, is under severe pressure. Our farms are in the main small, with marginal economic via...More Button

In industry, County Offaly is a blackspot. Unemployment is 15 per cent, well above the national average, while in some areas, such as the urban district of Tullamore, it is 20 per cent or more. Th...More Button

The major change in employment in the county has been the job losses in Bord na Móna. In 1983, the company employed over 2,200 people. By 1993, it was just over 700. The loss of 1,500 per...More Button

A task force is needed to concentrate the energy of the Minister, the Department, the Government, State agencies and EU support on this major problem. As can be seen in Tallaght, Galway and other ...More Button

Governments since the 1960s have been committed to the balanced development of all regions. However, the recent NESC report shows this is not happening. Between 1973 and 1979, over 80 per cent of...More Button

I wish to make comparisons within the midlands and I do not mean to highlight your county, a Chathaoirligh, in any unhelpful light other than to further the case I am making for County Offaly. If ...More Button

The facts speak for themselves. Urgent action is required and a task force would assist us in no small measure. We want a task force because they have worked in other areas and I ask the Minister...More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply. I hope the agencies do better than in the past.More Button