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Electricity interconnectors will bring nuclear power to Ireland

11 February, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Arthur Morgan TD has reacted with disbelief to the announcement by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Dermot Ahern T.D. that electricity interconnectors will be built between Ireland and Wales.

Deputy Morgan said:

"The announcement by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Dermot Ahern that the electricity interconnectors will be built between Ireland and Wales is a hugely regrettable move. The Government should be concentrating on the creation of an all-Ireland energy policy and infrastructure, concentrating on increasing the percentage of energy produced from renewable sources. It is scandalous that we will be importing energy generated from nuclear power stations at a time when we are campaigning to have nuclear plants such as Sellafield closed.

"Ireland's geographical position and natural resources mean that the country has the potential to lead the world in the generation of renewable energy. Our goals should be efficient, cost-effective, state-led development of natural and renewable energy resources focused on ending external dependencies.

"This decision comes on the heels of a decision not to increase the level of energy generated from renewable resources such as wind power. The Government needs to nurture the renewable energy industry through public and local enterprise solutions such as target-linked tax incentives and lower VAT on renewable energy products and to ensure that access charges to the national grid are affordable or subsidised. If this were done, there would be no necessity to build the proposed electricity interconnectors." ENDS

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