By Kieran O’Mahony
A COUNCILLOR has called on the County Council to discuss with experts the whole issue of the 5G network.
Cllr Kevin Murphy (FG) raised the motion at a meeting of the local authority last week and said the issue of 5G might not be something that will affect people now, but will do so in the future.
5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity which will allow for faster speeds and downloads.
However, the discussion on the technology has focused on claims of its potentially cancer-causing radiofrequency radiation.
Cllr Murphy claimed: ‘There are serious dangers involved in 5G I’m told quite distinctively and I think we as a Council should have discussions with the experts in relation to how this will affect us in time.
‘This is not something to be sneezed at, and not to be brushed under the carpet. It will be a serious danger to the health and welfare of the population of Ireland,’ he claimed.
While admitting he is not an expert on climate change, Cllr Murphy said he is currently reading at length about the 5G network and said it should be discussed at council and that there should be a national policy on it.
‘As far as we are concerned, the 5G network is supposed to be detrimental to the health and welfare of the nation.’
Chief executive Tim Lucey suggested that perhaps that Council might benefit on a briefing on the way technology is going and the potential benefits of 5G to the economy before they consider any approaches.
‘5G is where it’s at and obviously while there is a downside with all technology, that needs to be managed, but 5G is the new thing,’ said Mr Lucey.