Fluoridation in water ‘should be ended’

Tipperary County Council is to await the outcome of a health review examining the issue of fluoridation of water supply before making a decision on the merits of the process.

Tipperary County Council is to await the outcome of a health review examining the issue of fluoridation of water supply before making a decision on the merits of the process.

Cllr. John Ryan (Indp) called on members of the council at their January monthly meeting to agree to write to the Minister for Health calling on him to end the practice of fluoridation of the domestic water supply.

Cllr. Ryan said it had been shown that fluoridation of the water supply had no benefits and serious studies had shown that fluoridation of the water has very harmful effects on public health. It was a ridiculous and expensive process, he said.

Fine Gael’s Marie Murphy said no action should be taken until the review being carried out was completed and the results made public.

Council official Pat Holland said a review was being undertaken by the Department of Health in which the negatives and positives of fluoridation were being examined.

When it was completed he would bring the results of the review to the attention of the members.

Sinn Fein member Catherine Carey supported Cllr.Ryan’s motion. She said Ireland was the only country in Europe still fluoridating water.

County Manager Joe McGrath said the jury was still out on the matter. It would be sensible to wait for the outcome of the review group. He recommended that the matter be put on the agenda for a full discussion once the outcome of the review was known.