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You cannot be Anti-Nuclear and Pro-Lisbon - Cllr. Tomás Sharkey

21 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Councillor Tomás Sharkey said today he hopes local authorities throughout the state will take inspiration from Louth County Council's refusal to support the nuclear industry and reject Euratom.

Cllr. Sharkey said, "Following Louth County Council's recent decision to unanimously support a motion put forward by Sinn Féin which opposes the Nuclear Industry and the Euratom Treaty which promotes that industry I put it to my Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour that you cannot support Lisbon and be against nuclear power.

"Support for EURATOM is written into the Lisbon Treaty. Protocol 2 of the Lisbon Treaty dealing with the European Atomic Energy Commission states that EURATOM 'should continue to have full effect'. One of the primary goals of EURATOM is the promotion of nuclear energy. Irish people reject nuclear energy. The Lisbon Treaty like its predecessors mandates the EU to promote nuclear energy. At present Ireland contributes in the region of €8milion of Irish taxpayers money into EURATOM every year.

"This week Fianna Fáil tabled a motion calling on Louth County Council to support the Lisbon Treaty. I noted to the Council that support for the Treaty would contravene the Council's opposition to the Nuclear Industry.

"Jimmy Mulroy, Fianna Fáil Councillor and former Senator agreed with this position and ruled that the Council would not be able to carry support for the Lisbon Treaty.

"Louth County Council is a committed opponent of nuclear power. I am calling on Louth Councillors of all political party's who reject nuclear energy to also reject the Lisbon Treaty." CRíOCH

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