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A meeting of the Body in March had discussed the fact that with the transfer of the functions of water services to Irish Water, “the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government will no longer be available for membership of the Expert Body”, according to information obtained under Freedom of Information legislation.
However, “Irish Water has not joined the Expert Body,” a Department of Health spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) this month.
“The Irish Expert Body on Fluorides and Health was appointed in 2004 to implement the recommendations of the Forum on Fluoridation Report 2002 and to advise the Minister on matters concerning fluoride,” said the spokesperson.
“The Department has been considering which of the recommendations still need to be pursued, what work remains to be done and how this can be best achieved. In addition, there are a number of vacancies on the Expert Body. Irish Water has not joined the Expert Body.”
The spokesperson added that the review of the Expert Body, its membership and terms of reference “is ongoing”.
The March meeting of the Expert Body also noted “currently… Limerick City is fluoridated but that Limerick County is not and that capital investment is required for this”.
The Department did not have a figure for the capital investment cost that the Body thinks may be needed to have Limerick County fluoridated.
“The Expert Body has made no recommendation concerning capital investment in water supplies in Limerick,” said the spokesperson.