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De Brún calls for closure for Sellafield

1 June, 2004

Speaking during a canvass tour of South Down where she was joined by local MLAs Caitriona Ruane and Willie Clarke, Sinn Féin EU candidate Bairbre de Brún has called for the 'immediate closure of Sellafield nuclear plant'. Ms de Brún said:

'Sinn Féin is working towards a nuclear-free Ireland in a nuclear-free EU. We believe the European Union must lead the move away from nuclear energy and towards the generation of electricity from renewable sources.

'We are deeply concerned that after enlargement 13 of 25 member states will have nuclear reactors, but there will be no common set of rules regulating nuclear safety in the EU. This is not acceptable.

'Sinn Féin in the European Parliament will campaign for:

  • the closure of Sellafield
  • an end to the reprocessing of nuclear fuel within the EU
  • an end to the promotion of nuclear energy by the EU
  • the declaration of Ireland and the EU as Nuclear-Free Zones
  • nuclear disarmament by EU states

'There is no place in the 21 century for such a dangerous and unpredictable energy source. The EU should be actively leading the way in eradicating nuclear power and replacing it with safe and clean forms of energy.' ENDS

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