Buncrana residents protest against Garda mast plan for 3G & 4G antennas

Buncrana residents protest against the decision by OPW to grant a license to a private company to erect 3G & 4G antennas on the existing Garda mast at Buncrana Garda station. Residents feel let down by the planning system which gives undue influence to telecommunication companies over their rights to a healthy home environment. The residents demand that this development should be stopped because of the overwhelming scientific proof that these antennas can damage health.


The Buncrana Garda Mast Action Group and 5G Inishowen Awareness held a protest outside Buncrana Garda station last Saturday May 11. The protest was in support of local residents opposed to plans by an American private company Shared Access to erect 3G and 4G wireless antennas on the station's mast.

James Quigley, who lives approx 100 yards from Garda station mast said that he only learnt, in the last couple of weeks, that the OPW granted a license last October. “The OPW hadn’t the courtesy to inform us and there was never any consultation with residents. I am in the process of trying to find out what rights I have especially in defense of the health of my family. However, I am finding it very difficult to get information. Apparently this development and the OPW may be exempted from the normal planning process. I am questioning this exemption and the fact that we residents have no say. I can not see how it is fair. I believe there is a question mark over whether it should be exempted at all and or whether there should have been a consultation process in the first place. There seems to be a major conflict of interest here since the Government will be paid by the company for use of the mast, yet it is the Government who oversee the planning process”

According to the Dept of Housing, Planning and Local Government the 1996 Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures Guidelines for Planning Authorities are still in force but amended in certain sections by Circular PL07/12.

According to Electro Magnetic Sense Ireland the Government have watered down legislation in favour of the telecommunication companies. In 2012 the Minister removed separation distance from vulnerable places as a condition as well as stating that health grounds should not be considered as part of the planning application. A further update in 2018 on the planning guidelines allow for higher structures and more antennae and dishes on masts, giving even more leeway to telecommunications companies.

BGMAG spokesman, Mr Quigley said “Imagine having no rights to object to something that could potentially kill me and my family. How come the Government were allowed to get away with that? “

BGMAG has written to OPW requesting clarification about the development and to at least lodge an objection. So far they have not received an answer from OPW. A Freedom of Information request was sent this week for a copy of the license and relevant legislation. Initially they sent Donegal County Council Planning a Section 5 Exempted Development form.

Mr Quigley said that the Section 5 form seems to be the only legal avenue there is, at present, to object or query the development. It potentially could be a route to An Bord Planala. Failing this, he said, they could pursue EU legislation since it is clear that the Government is ignoring health grounds.

If anyone has any doubts or has not heard about the dangers of wireless, Radio Microwave Radiation or EMF technology read Prof Tom Butler, University College Cork,- On the Clear Evidence of the Risks to Childrenfrom Smartphone and WiFi Radio Frequency Radiation or the International EMF Scientist Appeal which states:

”Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”

Members of 5G Inishowen Awareness.

5G Inishowen Awareness and Buncrana Garda Mast Action Group to launch streering group

Following on from last week successful launch of Buncrana Garda Mast Action Group both 5G Inishowen Awareness and BGMAG group are meeting in The Exchange, Buncrana on Mon 13 at 7pm. Members who put their name forward at last weeks meeting are invited to attend. However, the group also invite anyone in the community who would be willing to help to contact Maria McMenamin, 5G Inishowen Awareness or Kim McMenamin and James Quigley who are spearheading BGMAG.

Kim McMenamin demonstates EMF waves sound coming from the ESB mast West End, Buncrana

Agenda for Meeting
The agenda of the meeting will concern the formation of a steering committee going forward to highlight, inform and develop protests and other strategies around the health hazards of wireless telecommunications infrastructure locally.

The group asks the community to give input into what should be included on Mon night's agenda or future meetings e.g campaigns, financing, protest, education, community organisation and invite anyone willing to contribute their time and effort to contact them.

One particular goal according to Kim will be to appeal to teachers, parents and hopefully get them informed and the children involved. Children are particularly vulnerable to electromagnetic waves frequencies (EMF) that come from wireless technology. The group feels that the onus should be on teachers and health officials to inform themselves about the known dangers of this technology.

An interesting landmark case took place in an Italian court last November, which ordered the Italian Government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones. The campaign has to start by July 16 and should have implications for the whole EU.

5G Awareness Inishowen
5G Awareness Inishowen is a Facebook group that was formed recently to hopefully reach as many people online in Inishowen as possible. The group was founded by Maria McMenamin, Rosina McLaughlin, Mary Mack, and Helena McCarron and so far it has gone from strength to strength. Kim's recent Youtube video has gone, what is called in the trade, viral with over 15000 viewings. It is an audible representation of the silent noisy emissions from the ESB mast at the West End, Buncrana (see above).

Buncrana Garda Mast Action Group
BGMAG was launched last week at a public meeting in Buncrana. This was in response to the Office of Public Works (OPW) granting a license to Shared Access Ltd to erect wireless antenna on the existing Garda mast in the centre of town. The plan is an “Exempted Development'“ which means it is exempt from the normal planning process. Residents, as the group is learning, have no say in this process. In fact the Irish Government has relaxed Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures Guidelines (1996) to such an extent that they have given telecommunications companies carte blanche to slowly and silently make us sick. Believe it or not residents have no right to object in planning on health grounds.

Italian Case - https://microwavenews.com/short-takes-archive/italian-decision-precaution?fbclid=IwAR3LFdnz5Kpop9gS4B0f8JgvrKrIw36Tl7J2wNs6bYNzyxOK90PO1GIsidA
5G Inishowen Awareness - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2128292017255770/?multi_permalinks=2187222134696091&notif_id=1557434441495221&notif_t=group_activity
Buncrana Garda Mast Action Group - http://buncranatogether.com/home/2019/4/29/buncrana-residents-object-to-opw-license-for-mobile-phone-antennae-on-garda-mast
Telecommunications Guidlines 1996 - https://es-ireland.com/masts-antennae/
Youtube video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWJNN2FyGec&feature=youtu.be

Brussels and Geneva ban rollout of 5G for health reasons and call for investigation

In April 2019 Brussels and Geneva call for stop to 5G technology and questions the safety standards of wireless technology.

"I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not," Céline Fremault

Brussels, Environment minister Céline Fremault

Brussels, Environment minister Céline Fremault


Last month Environment minister Céline Fremault (CDH) told Bruzz that the people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health can be sold at a profit. She told Bruzz that “A pilot project is not feasible with the current radiation standards”. see The Brussels Times

Antonio Hodgers, head of Counsel of State Geneva

Antonio Hodgers, head of Counsel of State Geneva


Meanwhile last week, Antonio Hodgers, the head of Geneva’s executive, announced a ban on the erection of further 5G mobile antennas in the canton, according to an interview on RTS.

le News reported “motivated by uncertainty on the potential health effects of the new technology, the temporary freeze is the most the cantonal government can do to stop the rollout of the technology. The governments of both Geneva and Vaud have now put the brakes on 5G rollout in their territories by putting a freeze on permits to erect further 5G antennas.”

Other Swiss cantons are following the developments in Vaud. A similar parliamentary motion has been put forward in Geneva and the parliament of Valais will discuss the issue when it next sits.

The Brussels Times: http://www.brusselstimes.com/brussels/14753/radiation-concerns-halt-brussels-5g-for-now
Le News: https://lenews.ch/2019/05/02/geneva-blocks-the-erection-of-5g-mobile-antennas/