Forum Minutes of Meetings
Minutes of meeting of the Forum on Fluoridation of 6
Jury’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Ms Nessa O’Doherty (Secretariat)
Mr Tom Coleman (DoHC, Observer)
Dr Margaret Shannon (DoHC)
Ms Darina Allen wrote to the Minister on 21/8/00 to
state that she would not be participating in the work of the Forum.
Mr Dick Warner did not contact the secretariat to the
Forum prior to the meeting and was not in attendance.
VOICE has not yet provided the name of a representative
or clarified if they will be participating.
Professor Fottrell welcomed all present and gave the
apologies of those named above who could not attend. Each member
introduced themself and gave brief background information.
Friday 13 October 2000 was agreed as the date for the
Forum’s next meeting - to be held in UCC. Agreement that the Forum
should try to meet on the second Thursday of each month henceforth.
Professor O’Brien and Dr O’Connor gave their apologies for the next
Overview of terms of reference and membership
Presentations given by Professor O’Mullane and Dr
Gavin and subsequent discussion.
Suggestions agreed upon by members:
(a) US evidence/documentation to be looked at
(b) Irish Dietetic Institute to be contacted for
information regarding sugar consumption and dental health
(c) agreement that it will be important to hear
speakers from the anti-fluoridation perspective - suggestions that
speakers/submissions from the following areas be invited: (i) medical,
(ii) environmental (perhaps Dr Paul Connett), (iii) dental (perhaps
Professor Hardy Limeback), and (iv) rights/ethics; - secretariat to
contact speakers etc.
(d) Dr Flanagan to circulate EPA documentation on a
confidential basis to the members of the Forum (via the secretariat) and
to give a brief presentation at the next meeting of his
thoughts/suggestions on the area of fluoridation
(e) agreement that advertisement to be placed in
national newspapers to invite submissions from the public - secretariat
to draft ad.
(f) e-mail address to be set up for the Forum to
receive correspondence/submissions from the public - secretariat to look
(g) possibility of the Forum having a web site to be
investigated by the secretariat i.e. costs, design, upkeep, etc.
(h) Irish Doctors’ Environmental Association
suggested as a possible member/presenter - Secretariat to get
information on this group
(i) correspondence from Sligo Action Against Fluoride
to be circulated by the secretariat
(j) speakers to be invited to submit outline of their
presentation prior to the relevant meeting - secretariat to look after
(k) any suggestions from members regarding
speakers/documentation to be circulated/etc. to be forwarded to
(l) suggestion that it would be useful to have a
dietitian on the Forum to be discussed further - FSAI may be able to
suggest a dietitian; other additional members/experts may be suggested
by members to the Forum at any stage
(m) York Review to be circulated with summary
attached - Professor O’Mullane to facilitate this - Dr Liz Treasure’s
commentary/presentation from recent meeting in UCC would be useful
(n) report from Centre for Disease Control to be
circulated - secretariat to arrange
(o) two papers from Professor Clarkson to be
circulated - secretariat to arrange this
(p) clarification required on support available to
Chairman and members of the Forum - Chairman and DoHC to discuss
(q) budget for Forum to be submitted to the DoHC -
Chairman and secretariat to discuss with DoHC
(r) expertise required for writing of report -
important that the writer would be independent and lacking in bias -
suggestions/volunteers invited from members - perhaps an outside agency
could be asked to write it - for further discussion
(s) status of minutes/discussions etc. re FoI to be
clarified by secretariat.
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