Leixlip School site mast still operating says Meteor

A mast at a hotel close to San Carlo primary school in Leixlip is currently operating and its owner, Meteor, told the Leader this week that they are not planning to move from the site.

A mast at a hotel close to San Carlo primary school in Leixlip is currently operating and its owner, Meteor, told the Leader this week that they are not planning to move from the site.

John Bassi, the joint manager at the hotel, the telecommunications mast at River Forest Hotel in Confey, Leixlip, told the Leader that he understood that the mast was not functioning.

Mr. Bassi said the matter had been raised a year and a half ago by Leixlip based John Weigel of the Alliance for Irish Radiation Protection.

He said there were discussions between Meteor and the local school board of management and “everything was sorted out.”

Mr. Bassi said Meteor had given the school reports on the effects of the mast, questions about which were raised at meetings of Leixlip Town Council in the past.

Mr. Bassi said that Meteor are in negotiations with another company about taking the mast somewhere else.

The Leader asked Meteor about the situation.

On 10 September, Lisa McDonald, Slattery Communications, representing Meteor said: “The telecommunications mast that Mr Bassi refers to is operational and Meteor is not planning to move the site.”

She continued: “A Meteor representative met with the school in question and provided evidence to confirm that the site was operating within safe limits. Meteor is happy to meet with any concerned community groups and demonstrate that the site fully adheres to all regulations and operates within safe limits.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Weigel has received a letter from Minister Reilly after asking him if he would “act to protect Irish children from the dangers of wi-fi (and microwave radiation from cell phones/towers and the proposed Smart Grid.”

Referring to a recent move in Israel, whose Deputy Health Minister called on the Education Minister to suspend the installation of wireless Internet in schools, * Mr. Weigel said if the Minister did nothing he was telling the world that Irish children are of less value than Israeli children.

Mr. Weigel also asked the Minister to address the dangers faced by members of An Garda Siochana from the Tetra-based communications system and abandon the proposed deployment of the Smart Meter grid based on health concerns?

On 5 September, Mr. Weigel received a letter from a stating that the the Minister, Dr. James Reilly, thanking him for his letter and stating that the protection of children from wi-fi in school “is receiving attention.”

On the Israel move, Mr. Weigel said that Israel’s Deputy Health Minister ,Yaakov Litzman, recently “implored” Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar to immediately suspend the installation of wireless Internet in schools due to what he termed the hazards of electromagnetic radiation.

Litzman issued an official letter to Sa’ar following a letter he received from Attorney Michael Bach. Bach, citing medical research, warned about the health threats to students.

Mr. Litzman was quoted as saying he had dealt extensively with the issue and fear lest the day come when we shall rue the irreversible damage visited on our children.”

Mr. Weigel said certain countries have banned Wi-Fi in educational institutions, most notably France, which has prohibited any kind of wireless communication in its schools.

- Henry Bauress