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Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Ireland's telecoms regulator has released new test results that show radiation from 5G masts are below levels considered unsafe to human health.

The report shows that the Eir 5G masts tested in Dublin do not exceed the standard issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

The 5G masts were among 20 mobile sites tested in Dublin, Kildare and Meath.

The results come after weeks of tension fuelled by conspiracy theories suggesting that mobile masts and telecom operators' 5G rollouts were either linked to Covid-19 or otherwise responsible for adverse health effects.

Last month, the Northern Irish television presenter Eamonn Holmes was forced to apologise for remarks on a high-profile morning TV show suggesting that the health effects of 5G were unknown and that theories on their potential harm should not be shot down by the "mainstream media" because "it suits the state narrative".

US celebrities such as John Cusack and Woody Harrelson have also come under fire for similar publicly-expressed sentiments.

"The aggregate level of non-ionising radiation measured was found to fall below the ICNIRP exposure limits for the general public," at each of the 20 sites, the watchdog report found.

A map of over 10,000 mobile masts, including ownership and relevant test reports, can be accessed publicly online at siteviewer.comreg.ie.

Meanwhile, Comreg has given five Irish telecom operators a slap on the wrist for not telling their customers about internet speeds. The regulator says that it found Vodafone, Three, Virgin, Digiweb and Pure Telecom had not been in compliance with EU regulations on the matter.

However, in each case, Comreg says that it is satisfied that the operators have amended their practices and it will take no further action.

Irish Independent