While there is no global limit for microwave frequencies – only recommendations from The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) – the Irish government exploits that loophole through its Test and Trial programme where companies are invited, for a fee, to test their equipment and technology on an unsuspecting public.
Simultaneously, new evidence is emerging on how microwaves affect the environment from the debate over bee colony collapse to the disappearance of the Busy Lizzie, Impatiens walleriana from garden centres to the deterioration of the built environment.
The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland has issued a warning that up to half the population in Ireland will be electromagnetically hypersensitive by 2015 with further predictions that by 2025 half the population of Ireland will have “some form of cancer”.
The Joint Oireachtas Commitee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, headed by Ciaran Lynch, TD, (Labour) had issued a call for submissions regarding electromagnetic frequencies earlier this year and, after receiving submissions from around the world, decided to pass the buck to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children after a meeting held in secret.
Meanwhile, the national Irish planning authority set a deadline for objections to retention of a communications mast in Leixlip, Co. Kildare and then could not decide what to do because it could not convene a quorum to vote on the issue.In both instances, government bodies – elected and appointed – failed to address their remit and subsequently acted against the interests of public safety and the so-called Precautionary Principle which calls for caution in the deployment and regulation of electromagnetic systems.
Ireland’s behaviour lends credence to U.S. President Barak Obama’s claims that Ireland is a rogue state in more than just tax matters. The country’s appointed Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) openly touts for business with the wireless research and development community, leasing frequencies for tests in a live environment. Under its “Test and Trial” program, Ireland allows testing of wireless technologies in contravention of the Nuremberg Code which according to world expert Barrie Trower, author of Confidential Report on TETRA Strictly for the Police Federation of England and Wales, is in violation the historic agreement which forbids experimentation on live human beings.