"Councillors have a responsibility to uphold the basic Human Rights of the people they represent to choose what medication they and their family wish to take, and not have it enforced through their water supply."
(Councillor Adrian Underwood, South Ribble District Council,
First Chairman of North West Councils Against Fluoridation, !989)
23rd April 2013
Robert Anthony Pocock
With great sadness we have to report the unexpected death of
Robert Pocock in Dublin last Saturday.
Robert will be at home in Royal Terrace on Thursday afternoon from 4 o’clock. Reception Service on Friday evening in Church of the Ascension, Ballynure, Grange Con, Co. Wicklow at 6.30 o’clock. Funeral Service on Saturday at 11 o’clock, followed by burial in adjoining churchyard. Garden flowers only, please, or donations to Birdwatch Ireland.
Robert was a great personal friend and an indomitable opponent of those who promote the fluoridation of drinking water. For many years he has been the leading challenger within Ireland of the long-term fluoridation of the Republic's water supplies, and he was passionately critical of those who promote its use in callous disregard to the welfare of Irish children.
Over the past few years we have worked closely together to compile a dossier of damning evidence on the Irish and British government's deliberate violation of European medicinal law, medical and professional ethics and human rights. The dossier has been the foundation of his long-running Formal Petition to the European Parliament to have the practice banned within Europe.
Robert's dedication to this confrontation has been legendary, and he leaves behind him a legacy that deserves world-wide recognition. He was a modest man, always seeking to ensure that his arguments were soundly based and clearly argued. There are none who have contributed more to the exposure of the scale of the damage that this practice has caused to the children of Ireland. Although his cheerful voice and warm personality will be greatly missed, the battle that he has waged will not end until his objective has been achieved.
Remember Robert with affection and love -
he was one of us, and will be sorely missed.