County Councillors debate mobile phone mast location restrictions

People in Donegal are being asked their views on how the location of mobile phone masts should be regulated in the new County Development Plan.

This week, the council met in special session to discuss the document which will outline how the county should develop from now to 2018.

A number of Fine Gael and Labour councillors argued that mobile telephone masts should not be erected within one kilometre of residential areas, schools or community centres. Some Fianna Fail Councillors argued that in order to deliver communications of the highest quality in Donegal, these masts had to be located in town centres.

In the end, the council agreed to include wording suggested by the county manager making reference to "close proximity", without laying down a distance.

Cllr Barry O'Neill says he believes it's a matter of public health...

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