Medical expert to speak at Kilkenny pylon event

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An Irish medical expert will be among the speakers at an upcoming conference in Kilkenny, which will examine the health, community and social impact of Eirgrid’s proposed pylon development.

The high-level conference has been organised by MEP for Ireland South Phil Prendergast. Esteemed academic Anthony Staines will speak at the event, which takes place on February 14 in the Newpark Hotel.

Staines is a professor of Health Systems at DCU and acting Chief Medical Information Officer of the HSE.

“I am delighted with the addition of Professor Staines to the speaking line-up for the conference on February 14, which will also hopefully include a representative from the European Commission’s Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks,” said Ms Prendergast.

“Professor Staines is a highly-regarded and well-respected professor at Dublin City University. He has co-authored reports on the impact of electromagnetic fields on human health, as well as hundreds of other studies in the area of public health and health sciences.

“The health risks of these high-voltage overhead cables are one of the primary concerns of the groups and individuals I have met around the country and indeed the Minister for Health has previously signified his professional concerns surrounding high-voltage overhead cables and electromagnetic fields.”

Over 30,000 businesses and individuals made submissions to EirGrid regarding the pylon plans.

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