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TETRA Ireland meets local representatives and Councillor regarding National Digital Radio Service (NDRS) in Ramelton, Co. Donegal

TETRA Ireland has confirmed that it has held a meeting with local residents regarding installation of a new National Digital Radio Service (NDRS) transmitter planned for Ramelton Co Donegal

The meeting was held in Letterkenny on Sept 10th was also attended by Councillor Ian McGarvey. It discussed a number of concerns raised by local residents and was described as ‘constructive' by a TETRA Ireland spokesperson.

TETRA Ireland has agreed to attend a meeting of the Local Area Committee of Donegal County Council on Sept. 23 rd to discuss the matter further.

The Ramelton site is one of around 600 similar facilities being provided nationally. It forms an essential link in a national roll-out of a secure communications service for the emergency services, including ambulance, fire brigade and An Garda Síochána.

The proposed Ramelton site complies with all health and safety regulations and has been granted full planning permission.

It complies fully with health and safety requirements regulated nationally by the Commission for Communications Regulation (Comreg). These standards are set by the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and subject to regular audits and measurements of emission levels to comply with the ICNIRP guidelines. The role of the Comreg regulations is to ensure that such guidelines and procedures are complied with.

Nationally the new NDRS system will prevent eavesdropping and interception, a major concern for emergency services at present, and provide increased protection for gardai in their work. It will also allow direct communication with and by other emergency services .

ENDS


>>> "ramelton.net" < info@ramelton.net > 21/08/2009 13:51 >>>

Dear Mr. Eddie Kiernan,

thanks for coming back to us but unfortunately you didn't get the point again why we are asking for support in this matter. We actually don't need advice about the planning procedure and how to make observations on it.

Since years we try to build up the tourism in the town and now we were told to be too stupid to make an objection against a planning application in time and that a minister of a state is not able to help the people against a totally stupid location of a mast which nobody wants there and which will destroy the visual impact of a Fáilte Ireland designated Heritage Town.
We need support against companies which try to ignore these laws and the minister (and you) should be the first to fight against them and not support them.

AGAIN:

1.) There was NO site notice at the location when it had to be there!

2.) It was (and still is) NOT possible to check it online without knowing the planning application number and how can you find something when it's NOT public.

3.) It was NOT announced in the local newspapers.

4.) Therefore it was NOT possible to make any objection at any time.

5.) There was NOT one single objection in time but we have now a petition with more than 1100 signatures and we also had a demonstration in the town with more than 250 people including all local councillors against it.

There is still an emphatic refusal in the town against the location of the mast and against Eircom and Tetra which used the County Council for their advantage and we are pretty sure that the rest of the public of Ireland is also interested to see if and how the minister reacts.

Hope that clarifies our position.

Regards,

George & Ina Hermes

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From: MINISTER [mailto:minister@environ.ie]
Sent: 19 August 2009 16:52
To: info@ramelton.net
Subject: REP4627/JG/09

Dear Mr. & Mrs Hermes,

The Minister has asked me to refer to your further recent e-mail and to say firstly that your previous letter (reference REP4024/JG/09) was of course read and was replied to in the letter which issued to you on 5 August 2009.

As was stated in that letter, the granting or otherwise of planning permission for any proposed development, including a mast, is a matter for the planning authority in the first instance and An Bord Pleanála on appeal and the Minister has no role in the matter. As you are also no doubt aware, the planning application process includes a public consultation process, in which any person may make observations on a planning application, which must be taken into account by the planning authority, and may appeal the decision of the planning authority to An Bord Pleanála.

Yours sincerely,

_____________

Eddie Kiernan,

Private Secretary


From: MINISTER [mailto:minister@environ.ie]
Sent: 13 August 2009 17:35
To: info@ramelton.net
Subject: REP4627/JG/09

Dear Mr Hermes,

I have been asked by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to refer further to your recent email in connection with REP4024/JG/09

A further email on this matter will issue as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,
Eddie Kiernan
Private Secretary


>>> "ramelton.net" < info@ramelton.net > 07/08/2009 09:44 >>>

Dear Minister,

many thanks for your reply.

We appreciate that you took time to send us your statement (even after 4 weeks) but unfortunately nobody read our email. Here is what we sent to you:

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Dear Minister,

you have certainly heart about the planned erection of a 20 m TETRA mast in Ramelton, Co. Donegal. More information on www.ramelton.net .

How on earth can Eircom only think about this location and how can County Council ignore their own guidelines? We were totally shocked and have huge concerns about it. It wouldn't only affect the visual impact of a Bord Fáilte designated Heritage town, it would also devaluate a huge number of properties and, of course, the health of all residents and the children of St. Mary's school too.

We are living here now for more than 7 years, are running a B&B (very close to the Eircom station) with a lot of repeat business since almost 4 years which we will close when the mast is on.

We are also providing the website www.ramelton.net with more than 100 visitors every single day. We are doing it since more than 7 years because we felt in love with this town and its people. Since that it's online without any financial support (we do even pay the provider charges) and we honestly don't know how we can display the town further on without to mention that there is a 20m mast in the town and that there might be a health risk to visit it.

We brought a lot of visitors to the town which helped the tourism and the economy in the region but we are now totally unsure who pays cancelation fees if somebody books an accommodation and cancel it because of getting knowledge of the mast and its health and visual impact.

Many thanks in advance and looking forward to read from you soon.

Regards,

George & Ina Hermes

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We would be very glad to get a reply which shows us that somebody understands our concerns.

We don't need a lesson about health risks and we know that there are other reports as well, but we can't except that the leader of the Green Party, an elected member of the public, ignores concerns of the public, that commercial interests will ruin a Heritage Town and their residents.

We want support and not excuses!

Hope to read from you in the NEAR future.

Regards,

George & Ina
ramelton.net


AT LEAST FIVE OF US GOT THE SAME EMAIL, REGARDLESS WHAT THEY WROTE!

-----Original Message-----
From: MINISTER [mailto:minister@environ.ie]
Sent: 05 August 2009 14:30
To: info@ramelton.net
Subject: REP4024/JG/09

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hermes,

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. John Gormley, T.D., has asked me to refer to your e-mail in connection with a telecommunications structure in Ramelton, Co. Donegal.

The Minister has asked me to explain that his role in relation to the planning system is mainly to provide and update the legislative and policy guidance framework, although he is also a statutory consultee in relation to planning applications which impact on the built and natural heritage. The legislative framework comprises the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2006 and the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2009. As regards policy guidance, the Department has issued a large number of planning guidelines (available on the Department's website www.environ.ie) under section 28 of the Planning Act which planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála are obliged to have regard to in the exercise of their planning functions. The day-to-day operation of the planning system is however a matter for the planning authorities.

Under planning legislation, the decision to grant a planning application, with or without conditions, is a matter for the relevant planning authority in the first instance or An Bord Pleanála on appeal. In making decisions on planning applications, planning authorities and the Board must consider the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, having regard to the provisions of the development plan, any submissions or observations received, relevant Ministerial or Government policies including any guidelines issued by the Department.

Under section 30 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is specifically precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to any particular case with which a planning authority or An Bord Pleanála is, or may be concerned.

The authorities are also, as stated above, required to consider national policies and guidance. The Department's Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Telecommunications Antenna and Support Structures state that planning authorities must have regard to policies and objectives of the government and/or any Minister insofar as they may affect or relate to their functions, and also note that government's telecommunications policy aims to place Ireland in the top quartile of OECD economies as regards availability, price and quality of telecommunications services. While the Guidelines state that free standing masts should be located in residential areas and near schools only as a last resort, they do not specify exclusion distances.

On the issue of the possible impact of masts of health, the Minister is acutely aware of the concerns of people who believe that the presence of mobile phone masts in their neighbourhoods may have caused them illness and disrupted their lives. In 2005, an expert group on the health effects of electromagnetic fields was established by Government. This group was chaired by Dr Michael Repacholi who was previously coordinator of the Radiation and Environmental Health Unit at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva. The Group's published report examined a wide range of issues in relation to potential health effects of electromagnetic fields, including those produced by mobile telecommunications. The expert group concluded that so far there are no adverse short or long-term health effects from exposure to the radio-frequency signals produced by mobile phones and base station transmitters.

Reports of scientific studies often appear to reach different conclusions on the health effects of electromagnetic fields. Science advances on the basis of weight of evidence as represented by studies published in the most authoritative journals. The Department continues to be guided by the latest scientific consensus from international bodies such as the WHO and the international Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP.) The electromagnetic exposure limits specified by ICNIRP have been recommended by the European Commission to its Member States. They provide science-based exposure limits that are applicable to both public and occupational exposure from radiofrequency and extra low frequency fields. These are the limits that are accepted in Ireland and the Department sees no scientific reason to depart from them.

Compliance with the ICNIRP limits is currently specified by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) as a condition for granting licences to mobile phone companies. Over the last number of years, ComReg has conducted measurement surveys to verify compliance with these limits by their licensees. The detailed measurement results from 480 sites have been published on their website. All measurements have so far shown total compliance with measured levels that are typically thousands of times under the ICNIRP limits. This year ComReg are in the process of surveying the emissions from a further group of mobile phone masts with the results being published as they become available.

 

In due course, an Irish research programme will be established to investigate further the health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. Furthermore, the statutory powers of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) will be extended to include responsibility for matters relating to non-ionising radiation. The aim is to build a scientific knowledge base in Ireland that keeps abreast of the latest international developments in the area of non-ionising radiation safety.

The Minister trusts that this clarifies the position.

Yours sincerely,

Eddie Kiernan,

Private Secretary


From: MINISTER [mailto:minister@environ.ie]
Sent: 17 July 2009 14:23
To: info@ramelton.net
Subject: REP4024/JG/09

Dear Mr & Mrs Hermes,

I have been asked by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to refer to your recent email in connection with Eircom Mast
A further email on this matter will issue as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Eddie Kiernan

Private Secretary


From: Minister Ryan [mailto:Minister.Ryan@dcenr.gov.ie]
Sent: 16 July 2009 13:38
To: info@ramelton.net
Cc: MINISTER
Subject: Mast, ref: SG2009223

Dear George & Ina

On behalf of Mr Eamon Ryan T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I wish to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail 15 July.
As Minister John Gormley has responsibility for this area I have forwarded your e-mail to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government for his attention and direct reply to you.

Yours sincerely

Colm O'Conaill

Private Secretary


From: Minister Ryan [mailto:Minister.Ryan@dcenr.gov.ie]
Sent: 06 July 2009 13:08
To: info@ramelton.net
Subject: RE: Message from website contact formEircom mast

Dear Sir/Madam,

On behalf of Mr Eamon Ryan T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, I wish to acknowledge receipt of your e-mail 03 July.
The contents are currently receiving attention.

Yours sincerely,

Colm O'Conaill

Private Secretary


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