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All Irish political institutions opposed to British plans to introduce new nuclear plants

9 January, 2008

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that British Government plans to introduce nuclear power plants would be met with political opposition from across Ireland. In October Mr McKay tabled a motion calling for the closure of Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant which was backed by the Assembly.

Mr McKay said:

"Everyone is very well aware of the impact that Sellafield and the pollution of the Irish Sea has had on communities living on the east coast of Ireland . It is extremely concerning that the British Government is proposing to introduce a new generation of nuclear power stations.

"Once again the British Government has shown scant regard for the public health of people living on this island

"After the Assembly backed the Sinn Fein motion calling for the closure of Sellafield in October last year it was made clear that all the major political institutions on this island want to see the end of the use of nuclear energy.

"Sinn Féin believes that renewable energy is the way forward and that more research and work should go into this sector in Ireland. British plans to build even more nuclear facilities will be opposed by our party across the island." ENDS

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