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Ireland to Hold Referendum on Water Fluoridation

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After Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday promised legislation to allow reporting of hitherto secret decisions in children’s courts, it is now incumbent on health minister Dr James Reilly to commit to rescind the similarly secretive and outdated Fluoridation Act of 1963 before the Referendum on Children’s rights on Sat 10th November 2012.

“Unless the government commits to rescind the discredited and disproportionate Fluoridation Act of 1963 before the Referendum on 10th November 2012, no parent should support it” said Robert Pocock of Ireland Against Fluoridation, adding “every third 15 yr old in fluoridated Ireland has mottled teeth as a result of fluoridation. This discredited practice is kept secret from parents precisely because it is not in the best interest of their children.” As recently as February this year the European Commission declared that ‘People do not need fluoride for normal growth and development’.

It has emerged from recent Dail answers (1) that almost two years since the last published minutes of their meetings, Dr Reilly’s expert advisers in fluoride medication met on eleven separate occasions in 2012 without publishing minutes for public accountability.

After Justice Minister Shatter was forced to promise legislation (2) to assure the public that children’s court decisions are indeed in the child’s best interests, health minister Dr James Reilly has three days to assure the parents of Ireland about secret fluoride damage and rescind the 1963 Fluoridation Act. The rest of Europe has long rejected this practice not only as unnecessary but totally disproportionate because medically authorized topical fluorides are far more effective and less harmful. But Ireland’s in camera fluoride advisors put their own vested professional agenda before the best interests of the child.

“Unless Dr Reilly gives a clear commitment to rescind fluoridation of Irish drinking water before the referendum on children’s right on Saturday 10th November, parents should vote NO to giving the State’s agents and advisers any more power over their children’s welfare.

(1) Dail Answer by Minister of State, Deputy Alex White

17th October 2012

Deputy Emmet Stagg (Lab. Kildare North) asked the Minister for Health the names of the members of the Irish Expert Group on Fluoridation; the qualifications of each Member of that Group; the cost of the Group to the Exchequer in 2011 and how often the Group meets.

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): A range of information, including details of its membership, is available on the website of the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health, www.fluoridesandhealth.ie. The total funding allocated to the Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health’s Secretariat in 2011 was approximately €284,000. Members of the Expert Body provide their expertise on a voluntary basis. This year to date there has been one plenary meeting of the Expert Body, 4 meetings of the Executive Committee, 2 meetings of the Quality Assurance Sub-Committee and 4 meetings of the New and Emerging Issues Sub-Committee. In addition, the Expert Committee provides advice to my Department on an ongoing basis.

(2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rDK9mVkFq_A

Justice Minister Alan Shatter V John Waters. Monday 5th November 2012.

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