2015 could be the biggest year yet in the worldwide campaign to end fluoridation

2015 could be the biggest year yet in the worldwide campaign to end fluoridation. While we may not be able to end the practice entirely this year, it is possible to build up support to make this happen. 
In 2012, the Australian state of Queensland ended their fluoridation mandate. In 2014, Israel’s Minister of Health ended their national mandate, leaving Ireland as the only remaining country with a national fluoridation policy. Now the dominoes are falling in Ireland with the second major community calling for an end to fluoridation in 2015 and the 7th in the past year. 
On January 12, the elected County Council in Leitrim, Ireland (population 39,000) passed a motion calling on the Government to amend the Health (Fluoridation of Water) Act 1960 and subsequent Statutory Instrument (42/2007 Fluoridation of Water Supplies Regulations 2007), and to ban the addition of fluoride to water supplies.” The motion received unanimous support from the council. 
When contacted for further comment Leitrim Councilor Barry (SF) said:
“That the policy of adding fluoride to water needed to stop...This is a neuro toxic industrial waste which can cause damage to the nervous system. Fluoridation is banned in 98% of European countries. The Irish government continues to impose fluoride on the Irish people and on top of that it is now forcing us to pay for it through water charges. The European Commission is on record as saying people do not need fluoride for normal growth and development. Fluoridation of water needs to stop immediately.”
On the same day, January 12th, the Wexford County Council—representing approximately 150,000 residents--passed the same motion. The votes come only a few months after Cork and Dublin, the two largest cities in the country passed motions along with Cork County Council and Laois County Council doing so earlier in 2014. Together these councils represent approximately 1.7 million residents.
While local and county councils don’t have the authority to end fluoridation in Ireland the continued passage of the motions against fluoridation cannot be ignored for much longer. The Irish Government is coming under mounting national cross-party political pressure to end public water fluoridation in the run up to the impending General Election planned for 2016.