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Irish government have duty to pursue British on Sellafield dumping

1 September, 2004


Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has reacted to the latest revelations that up to 10,000 cubic metres of nuclear waste have been buried 50 miles from Ireland, on the west coast of Britain.

Deputy Morgan commented that 'the Irish government have a care of duty on behalf of the Irish people to relentlessly pursue the British to close down Sellafied'.

Speaking today, Deputy Morgan said:

"The revelation that up to 10,000 cubic metres of nuclear waste has been buried just 50 miles from the Irish coast is sure to cause consternation amongst the Irish people. It has becoming increasingly clear that the west coast of Britain has become a nuclear dumping ground, thus endangering the lives and surrounding environs of the eastern Irish seaboard.

"The Minister for the Environment Martin Cullen, has a care of duty on behalf of the Irish people to relentlessly pursue the British to immediately call a halt to this practice of dumping nuclear waste and ultimately, to proactively seek the closure of the Sellafield plant.

"Sinn Féin is utterly opposed to the indiscriminate dumping of nuclear waste. There is no place in the 21 century for such a dangerous and unpredictable energy source. Both individual states and 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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