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Dáil to debate Sinn Féin’s fluoridation bill tomorrow

TD Brian Stanley published the Health Fluoridation of Water Supplies Bill 2013 in May.

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A BILL AIMED at ensuring fluoride is removed from the water supply in Ireland will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow.

The bill was put forward by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD in May.

Sinn Féin’s Fluoridation of Water Supplies Repeal Bill 2013 was put forward in an effort to remove fluoride from Irish water.

Responding to reports that the Department of Health have established a working group on fluoridation, Stanley said:

The establishment of yet another working group on fluoridation is a stalling tactic. It should not be used as an excuse to oppose the Sinn Féin bill. The evidence against fluoridation is overwhelming. It is time to stop this mass medication. The public want to see action not another report that will only gather dust in the Minister’s office.

Stanley said that Ireland is one of four EU states that supports fluoridation of water, and that 98 per cent of Europe’s population receive water that is not fluoridated.

Switzerland was the most recent European country to end fluoridation in 2000.

“The EU Commission of Health and Consumers stated that, ‘people do not need fluoride for normal growth and development’,” said Stanley.

He said that this “is not a party political issue but an issue of public health”.

The deputy will be seeking cross-party support for this bill when it is debated in the Dáil tomorrow.

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