Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 621 No. 84

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  236.  Mr. Haughey  Information on Seán Haughey  Zoom on Seán Haughey   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if there are one or two masts with telecommunications equipment installed by mobile phone companies at Coolock Garda Station, Dublin 5; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that local residents had no notice of the erection of a new mast at this location and that work on same was disruptive; if he will revoke those licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21817/06]

Minister of State at the Department of Finance (Mr. Parlon): Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  There are currently two masts at [293]the Coolock Garda Station; one of the masts is the original mast and the other is the replacement. The original mast will be removed, within the next four weeks, when relocation of the telecommunication equipment to the replacement mast is complete.

The replacement mast has been erected under the exempted development provisions contained in Class 31, Part 1 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001.

The Commissioners of Public Works have granted licences to three mobile phone companies to install telecommunications equipment on the mast at Coolock Garda Station.

Under the terms of the licence agreement with the Commissioners, the mobile phone operators are obliged to install and operate equipment within current standards and E.U. regulations and adhere to the guidelines on exposure limits to emissions, issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). While the mobile phone operators adhere to the terms and conditions of the licences, the licence agreements will remain in operation and will not be revoked.

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