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Colreavy condemns construction of nuclear power plant close to Irish coast

8 October, 2014 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has condemned the development of a nuclear power plant 240km from the Irish coast.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“The proposed construction of a nuclear power plant so close to the east coast of Ireland is a regressive step in energy development for Europe as a whole.

“It is very disappointing to see that the British government are moving away from renewable, green energy and instead are proposing to use potentially dangerous energy sources such as nuclear.

“Energy policy under the Tory government has been at odds with public concerns about the environment and people’s health.

“This is demonstrated by the British government’s fervent promotion of fracking.

“There will be obvious concerns from Irish citizens about the construction of a nuclear power plant so close to Irish soil.

“Sinn Féin, for many years, has called for the closure of the Sellafield nuclear plant in Britain.

“I am calling on the Irish government to raise this matter with the British government and to take the construction of this nuclear power plant into consideration as part of any future energy deal talks.” 

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