Water fluoridation report points to murky waters

Cllr Peggy Nolan. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
“If in doubt, cut it out” - sentiments uttered by a local councillor following the publication of a new report into water fluoridation.

“If in doubt, cut it out” - sentiments uttered by a local councillor following the publication of a new report into water fluoridation.

The report, which was published last week details the practice of fluoridation in the Irish water system and points to the practice being in breach of the human rights of Irish citizens.

The matter which has been addressed locally by Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) for the last few years has become a bone of contention across the globe. With the emergence of more information in recent months, it appears now, that, mandatory fluoridation is in contravention of the Council of Europe’s ‘Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine’ (1997).

This new report which was conducted by former Tanaiste and Minister for the Environment, John Gormley concludes that “in light of all the evidence, and in particular considering the fluoride overexposure risk to bottle-fed babies, water fluoridation in Ireland should cease immediately”. It seems that the now 50-year-long practice of dosing the Irish population with hydrofluorosilicic acid through the public water supplies, must end pronto.

“It must be stopped; I believe that the practice is contributing to cancers and to Alzheimer’s,” Cllr Nolan told the Leader. “I have been lobbying now for the past 15 years to have fluoride removed from our water and it has fallen on deaf ears.”

The local area representative has attended numerous public meetings on the matter and has raised the issue at both town and county council level on several occasions .

“Mandatory fluoridation is detrimental to the health of the nation, and on numerous occasions I have sought the support of the members of the local authorities, to have the practice outlawed,” Cllr Nolan continued. “It is time now for the public to come forward and make their feelings known on what is simply a process of mass medication. The costs associated with this bad and unhealthy practice runs into the millions and as far as I am concerned that is money that would be much better spent on frontline services.”