Kinsale joins fluoride free fight

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Posted on: 10th March, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Kinsale is the latest town council in West Cork to pass a motion calling for the immediate cessation of water fluoridation in Ireland. The motion, ‘That this council calls for the immediate cessation of the unnecessary addition of fluoride to the public water in Ireland’ was proposed by Cllr Michael Frawley and seconded by Cllr. Tomas O’Brien (Labour) and indeed was supported by all other political parties represented on the night. The councillors have taken a stand against an issue many feel contravenes internationally accepted human rights as demonstrated by the cross party political support the motion received.

Cllr Tomas O Brien (Labour) who seconded the motion upon being reached for contact said, “I am very happy that Kinsale Town Council endorsed the motion last night.  It’s time for a nationwide debate on fluoridation of our water supply.  As consumers of our most precious asset we have a right to comment and endorse or omit what’s added to it”. Owen Boyden, a coordinator for the West Cork Fluoride Free Campaign said “overall this is the sixth and last of all the West Cork Town Councils to pass a similar motion and the third West Cork Town Council to pass the motion since January of this year.  In effect, this is a very serious rebuttal of the Government’s policy that’s receiving an unprecedented groundswell of opposition these days and last night’s motion also builds on the Fine Gael majority-led Laois County Council passing a similar motion last week. I also believe in the run-up to the impending elections  in May, the fluoride issue is going to become a game changer for those seeking election”.

This growing cross party political support across West Cork and the country calling for an end to public water fluoridation in Ireland has been supported by dozens of other town councils who over the last 13 years have supported a fluoride free Ireland along with Kerry and Laois County Councils, the latter of who passed an anti water fluoridation motion last week.

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