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Fluoridation must stop

Madam – The time has come, when the Government is attempting to determine the dates for the installation of water meters, to consider the cost of fluoridation and the ending of fluoridation as a prerequisite to any billing of citizens for their water.

We are the only country in Europe which adds fluoride to the drinking water at this level. It is not used in Northern Ireland. In Britain only 10 per cent of the water is thus treated, and across the Continent there is about a 2 per cent use of this dangerous chemical, hydrofluorosilicic acid, a toxic waste product of the aluminium industry. It is more poisonous than lead. It is non-biodegradable.

It is widely considered that this compulsory medication of most of the population is not necessary for dental health and hygiene.

Comparisons with our neighbours in the North show that we have noticeably higher incidences of dementia and diabetes than they do. Further studies indicate other areas of ill health which might be related to fluoride.

So why should the HSE continue to instruct local authorities to add this material to our water?

The cost must be considerable, using funds which might be better utilised in repairing leaking pipes in towns and cities throughout the country.

Marie MacSweeney,

Drogheda, Co Louth

Irish Independent