Sinn Fein Leader, Gerry Adams TD has said the latest safety scare at Sellafield has, once again, raised concerns about the threat from the British nuclear plant to those living in Ireland.
Workers at the site were asked not to report to work today because of the detection of elevated radiation levels.
Speaking in Drogheda today Gerry Adams said:
“The Sellafield nuclear site is a mere 180km from Ireland’s coastline and there have long been concerns at associated health risks to those living on Ireland’s east coast, particularly in Louth and South Down.
“In addition, in recent years there have been a series of earthquakes in the Cumbria area, which have added to the fears surrounding Sellafield.
“The clean-up of the Sellafield Nuclear processing plant is years behind schedule and totally over budget as exposed in a recent damning report from the British House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.
“This report raised serious safety concerns over ‘basic project management failings’ and said that ‘deadlines for cleaning up Sellafield have been missed’.
“Experience has shown that Irish people have little faith in the British nuclear industry.
“This latest safety scare at Sellafield has, once again, raised concerns about the threat from this plant and others to those living in Ireland.”