The following is a record of communications engaged in between Fluoride Free Towns (FFT) and various organisations over the past two years. Previous to these records, FFT would have worked with others around the country in successfully lobbying half (14) of the country’s regional Councils to pass motions calling on the Government to immediately scrap the Health (fluoridation of water supplies) Act 1960.

Flouride Free Towns Campaign Records
DateSourceRecipientPurposeAcknowledgement / ReferralResponse
25/02/17FFTEuropean CommissionFurther submission re invalid guideline value for fluoride in drinking water, in utero effect of fluoride and incorrect classification of artificially fluoridated water
23/02/17FFTIrish Water & CC'd to EPASubmission to FSAI setting out points demonstrating illegality of fluoridation on a number of points where IW's obligation to take corrective action is also raised. EPA CC’d due to responsibility for oversight and enforcement of drinking water standards
21/02/17FFTFSAISubmission to FSAI Scientific Committee re fluoride, infant formula and in utero fluoride ahead of FSAI SC meeting to be held 8th March 2017
13/02/17FFTFSAIRequest for update as to the deliberations of the FSAI's Scientific Committee re effect of in utero fluoride exposure on the developing foetus
13/02/17FFTMinister for HealthRequest to the Minister to refer the matter of CWF to the Attorney General for appraisal as to whether the continued sanction by the Irish Government in 2017 is Constitutional
24/01/17FFT Secretariat / Dental Health Foundation Request as to whether TEB is considering in utero fluoride exposure on dentition of developing foetus 24/01/17 A Etain Kett @ Dental Health
12/01/2016FFT Secretariat / Dental Health FoundationFOI request for all communications from The Expert Body where any reference is made to primary dentition fluorosis or birth defects since the 1st November 201503/01/17 Partially declined due to ongoing deliberative process
11/03/2016FFT Dr Dymphna Kavanagh, Chief Dental Officer, Department of Health Ms Patricia Gilsenan O’ Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Dental Health Foundation Dr PJ Byrne, President, Irish Dental Association, Mr Fintan Hourihan, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Dental Association Professor June Nunn, Trinity College Dublin Prof Martin Kinirons, University College Cork Dr John Walsh, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Request for consensus opinion as to whether primary dentition fluorosis constitutes a birth defect in light of various position statements issued to the national press in recent years where serious errors were contained 04/11/16 A Dr Dymphna Kavanagh 11/01/17 A & R Patricia Gilsenan
11/02/2016FFT All members of Dail EireannConstitutional status of water fluoridation called into question. Deputies informed of developments with FSAI and European Commission. Position statement refuting almost every point used by The Expert Body and the Department of Health to continue CWF in Ireland in 2016. Acknowledgements from various cross party TDs
24/11/16Department of HealthFFT Informing FFT that the Minister for Health has received communication from Department of Justice re CWF
24/11/16Government BacbencherFFT A & R to DOH for reply
11/09/2016FFT Minister for Justice & EqualityRequest for Minister for Justice & Equality to seek confirmation from Attorney General as to whether CWF is Constitutional 16/11/16 Declined and referred to Minister for Health for direct reply
11/09/2016FFT Minister for Agriculture, Food and MarineOutlining threat posed to national food chain by CWF and request for assistance
11/09/2016Department of HealthFFT A
11/08/2016FFT Dept of An TaoiseachRequest for moratorium on policy of CWF pending conclusions of FSAI investigation14/11/16 A & R to Minister for Health
11/08/2016Government BacbencherFFT EmailA & R to DOH for Reply
11/04/2016FFT Secretariat / Dental Health FoundationFOI request for all documentation where reference is made to fluoride causes birth defects article in Donegal Now 30/11/16 Response Received from Etain Kett / Dental Health Foundation
11/02/2016FFT Government BackbencherFollow up to previous communications
11/01/2016FFT Minister for HealthRefutation of Minister's CWF position provided including summary and a fully referenced version09/11/16 A13/02/17 R
14/10/16FFT Breastfeeding.ieRequest to camapign being run on behalf of HSE and DOH as to whether the campaign will warn the public on dental fluorosis
10/12/2016FFT European CommissionRequest for referral of matter to relevant scientific committee and re-evaluation of guideline value of fluoride in drinking water as per drinking water directive 98/83 26/10/16 A09/12/16 R from European Commission
10/04/2016FFT FACCT Study / Dr HardingRequest for clarification regarding ethics of FACCT study
26/09/16FSAI (Dr Wayne Anderson)FFTNotification that the FSAI Scientific Committee is considering the issue of fluoride crossing the placenta and it's effect on the enamel formation in utero
19/07/16FFT Ms Patricia Gilsenan O’ Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Dental Health Foundation Request for opinion and clarification as to whether CWF is safe for various reasons08/08/16 A and declined
17/07/16FFT Dr Pamela Byrne FSAIRequest for acknowledgement of communication of 19/05/16
17/07/16FFT Minister for Ag, Food and MarineRequest for acknowledgement of communication of 19/05/16. FSAI recommendation that unreliable fluoridation plants be shut down also raised 26/07/16 A by post and R to DoH
17/07/16FFT Minister for CYAOutlining unconstitutional status of water fluoridation and harm posed to the unborn and children25/07/16 A and R of matters raised to Minister Simon Harris for direct reply
21/06/16DOHFFT Response to communication of 19/05/16. Dept maintains status quo and fails to address, refute or consider and matters raised. Response issued to Dept as outlined above
19/06/16FFT Dr Dymphna Kavanagh Oral Health HSERequest for opinion regarding birth defects and safety thresholds28/07/16 A and Declined
25/05/16FFT All members of Dail EireannConstitutional status of water fluoridation called into questionAcknowledgements from various cross party TDs and Cabinet Minister
19/05/16FFT An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD Minister for Justice, Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD Minister Agriculture, Food & Marine, Mr Michael Creed TD Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD Chief Dental Officer, Dr Dympna Kavanagh Mr Tony O'Brien, Director General HSE Peter Henshaw, Higher Executive Officer Ms Patricia Gilsenan O’Neill, Chief Executive Dental Health Foundation Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive Officer FSAI Communication outlining illegal status of water fluoridation 27/05/16 A Patricia Gilsenan O' Neill 28/07/16 A Dr Dymphna Kavanagh HSE 25/07/16 A & R from Minister for Justice to Minister for Health 24/05/16 A and R from Minister for Justice 26/05/16 A from Minister for Health
03/09/2016The Expert BodyFFT Rejection that primary dentition fluorosis constitutes a birth defect amnonst other matters raised
20/02/16FFT The Expert Body FOI request for info concerning fluoridation plants shut down as per FF Forum Report due to health risks and whether The Expert Body retains the expertise of a fluoride toxicologist 09/03/16 A & R to Irish Water despite the information required coming under The Expert Body's terms of reference. Rejection of second point I
20/01/16FFT FSAIFOI request re safety of infant formula constituted with fluoridated water. During January and February, numerous communications were egnaged upon. By Sept 16', the FSAI confirmed their Scientific Committee would investigate the effect of in utero fluoride exposure on the developing foetus with specific reference to the primary dentition
16/01/16FFT The Expert BodyFOI request for info pertaining to 72 studies and primary dentition fluorosis
21/12/15Government BackbencherFFT Forwarding correspondence where Minister for Health acknowledges primary dentition fluorosis occurs in utero
18/12/15The Expert BodyFFTCommunication outlining The Expert Body is declining a request to address multiple issues raised with CWF
12/11/2015Deputy Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail Health Spokesperson FFT Deputy in question outlines position of FF to CWF which was shown to rely on questionable interpreation of various points referred too. Deputy Kelleher declined to have the issues raised addressed within FF or legally appraised
12/09/2015NOHOFFTResponse to formal call to temporarily cease fluoridation or fluoride related policies pending clarification from the Department of Health. Request declined, due to no change in policy having been issued by the DoH
17/12/15Government BackbencherFFTUpdate on representations made with Minister for Health
12/04/2015FFTAn TaoiseachCommunication outlining errors and conflicting responses issued by DoH, request for inter Departmental consideration of matter at hand given serious implications for Constitutional rights of the People.
12/04/2015FFTMinister for HealthResponse and refutation to Dept's response to Dail Question No. 466
24/11/15FFT Dr Dymphna Kavanagh ChiefDental OfficerCommunication raising various points the IDA declined to provide an opinion for.
22/11/15FFT Irish Dental AssociationRequest for acknowledgement to recent communication 23/11/15 A and R to Dr Dymphna Kavanagh Chief Dental Officer at the Department of Health
21/11/15FFTThe Expert Body Chairman & Committee Refutation and response to TEB communication of 02/10/15 outlining the various errors and misrepresentations contained in the Expert Body's position statement 23/11/15 and 02/12/15 A
13/11/15Government BackbencherFFT Update on representations made with Minister for Health
11/11/2015Department of An TaoiseachFFT Acknowledgement of communication re fluoridation and referral to Minister for Health
11/10/2015FFT All Senatorss of Seanad EireannDisclosure of fluoride related birth defects
11/10/2015Cllr Carrie Smyth (Lbr) of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council FFTAn attempt to allay concerns over CWF. Cllr Smyth declined to discuss any of the errors contanined in her position statement
11/09/2015FFT All Teachta Dala / Dail EireannInitial disclosure of fluoride birth defects. Implications for Articles 40.3.1 and 40.3.3 also raised Acknowledgements from various cross party TDs and direct representations made directly with Minister for Health or with own respective Parliamentary Parties for consideration. PQ also raised within Dail Eireann where both the Minister for Health and Minister of State at the Department of Health gave conflicting responses
11/09/2015FFT FSAIInitial discloure of fluoride attributable birth defects discovery primarily stumbled upon due to findings of the European Commission sanctioned SCHER Report (2011) but substantiated by subsequent research
11/09/2015FFT HSEFormal call on HSE to temporarily cease all fluoride associated advice or treatment programmes provided through dental and orthodontic services until The Expert Body and the Department of Health have clarified their positions in relation to fluoride attributable birth defects 23/11/15 A 07/12/15 A and R to NOHO and FFT A
11/07/2015FFT Cllrs of the 26 CountiesInitial discloure of fluoride attributable birth defects discovery primarily stumbled upon due to findings of the European Commission sanctioned SCHER Report (2011) but substantiated by subsequent research Acknowledgements from various cross party Councillors around the country bearing in mind 14 Councils passed motions calling on the Government to scrap the Health (fluoridation of water supplies) Act 1960 with over half the motions having been passed unanimously
11/06/2015FFT Minister for HealthInitial discloure of fluoride attributable birth defects discovery primarily stumbled upon due to findings of the European Commission sanctioned SCHER Report (2011) but substantiated by subsequent research
10/02/2015The Expert BodyFFT Response to various points raised though many questions remain unanswered. Dr O Hickey confirms on behalf of the Committee the view that fluorosis occurs during childhood therefore falling short in considering the in utero effect of fluoride on the developing foetus. In responding to the Expert Body, further attention is drawn to the developing foetus and the constitutional rights of the unborn and individuals to bodily integrity 21/11/15 FFT responded, please see above.
08/02/2015FFT FSAIRequest for copy of fluoride study being carried out during 2014
25/06/15FFT Minister for HealthPosition statement forward to Minister on behalf of 11 (out of 14) Council's whom passed motions calling on the Government to scrap the Health (fluoridation of water supplies) Act 1960 03/07/15 A
06/06/2015FFT Deputy Micheal Martin FF LeaderRaising issue of infringements of Constitutional right to bodily integrity for the general population cause by CWF
06/06/2015FFT The Expert BodyFOI Request (FOIOB0615) for records pertaining to communications between various parties and prevalence levels of dental fluorosis throughout the State 19 & 24/06/15 A 29/07/15 FOI Request partially declined. Further clarification sought.