Local Kilkenny Senator, Pat O’Neill has introduced a motion in the Senate calling for mobile phone operators and suppliers to make all information in their possession available about the health risks of mobile phones.
He was speaking this week in the Seanad following a World Health Organisation report last month which described the radiation given off by mobile phones as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans.
“Ireland has one of the highest concentrations of mobile phone usage with mobile phone penetration reaching 100% back in 2005. I know it is par for the course these days for most children to have a mobile phone.
“I understand that from a parent’s point of view, they feel that their child is safer if they can get in touch with a parent quickly and easily with a mobile phone.
“However, there is a general consensus in the scientific community that children are more vulnerable to radiation from mobile phones from adults. The Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health has therefore recommended that Irish parents take a precautionary approach.
“Parents should encourage their children to use mobile phones for essential purposes only. Calls should be kept short. Text messages should be chosen rather than calls if possible. Hands-free is better than having the phone held up to the face. Finally, it is recommended that active phones should not be kept clipped to a belt or in a pocket.
“It is clear that a lot more research is required into whether mobile phones pose a significant risk to health. However, clear guidelines have now been issued for children and I am urging Kilkenny parents to implement the Chief Medical Officer’s advice.”