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Stanley welcomes German nuclear commitment

30 May, 2011 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Brian Stanley has welcomed the announcement that Germany is to close all of its nuclear power plants by 2022.

Deputy Stanley said he hoped other States that use nuclear energy would follow suit and that this should now signal the end of the nuclear debate in Ireland.

Speaking this afternoon he said:

“Today’s announcement from the German Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen is a massive step forward and should be seen as an example by other States that use nuclear energy around the world.

“I very much welcome this announcement and hope that other nations will follow suit.

“This should now put an end to the debate on nuclear energy in Ireland. The situation in Japan has highlighted to the world the severe dangers of nuclear power.

“We should now concentrate on enhancing our renewable energy capabilities and maximising the use of our natural resources such as the gas in Rossport for the benefit of the Irish nation.” ENDS

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