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Government should exert pressure on Government to close Sellafield – Adams

27 May, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth and East Meath Gerry Adams has welcomed the news that the Sellafield reprocessing plant will be included in the round of stress tests to be conducted on European nuclear facilities due to begin next month.

Mr Adams said the Government should engage in a significant international campaign to exert pressure on the British government to close Sellafield.”

The Louth East Meath TD said:

“I raised the issue of Sellafield two months ago during the first leader’s questions of the new Dáil and the danger it poses to the people of this island. The Taoiseach agreed to raise this matter with the British government.

“The nuclear crisis in Japan, which resulted from the earthquake and tsunami, has heightened public concern about the dangers of nuclear power. In addition there have been two recent earthquakes in the north of England, one of them a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Cumbria – the site of the Sellafield plant.

“In February there was another in a long list of contamination incidents at the British plant.

“All of this has serious implications for the East coast of Ireland which is a short distance across the Irish Sea from Sellafield.

“While Sellafield may no longer generate energy it is a major nuclear installation with huge amounts of nuclear materials stored on site. This includes a vast underground nuclear contamination bunker which was built there last year and which can store 100 million tonnes of raw plutonium.

“The tragic experience of the people of Japan reminds us of the grave dangers nuclear power presents.

“The Sellafield plant presents a major threat to the lives, health and wellbeing of citizens in Ireland.

“Recently, Sellafield was the site of a major security alert. I welcome its inclusion in the round of stress tests to be conducted on European nuclear facilities due to begin next month.

“The government here also needs to engage in a significant international campaign to exert pressure on the British government to close Sellafield.” ENDS

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