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Sinn Féin TD and MLA meet Minister for Environment in relation to Sellafield

9 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Environment spokespersons Arthur Morgan T.D. and Willie Clarke MLA today met with the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche T.D. to press him to intensify Government efforts to have Sellafield closed. Both Arthur Morgan from Louth and Willie Clarke from South Down represent communities on the East coast where cancer statistics testify to the impact of Sellafield. They reflected the concerns and anger of their communities to the Minister.

Deputy Morgan said, "Both myself and my colleague Willie Clarke MLA outlined to the Minister the anger which exist in communities on the east coast regarding the continued existence of Sellafield. We asked Minister Roche regarding the Government plan of action in the battle to have Sellafield closed. Specifically we asked him regarding the extent to which this matter is being pursued with the British Government and how the Government is utilizing the EU and other international bodies in this regard. We made it clear that Sellafield must remain a priority and that much more needs to be done."

Willie Clarke MLA said, "Sinn Féin has called on the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government Dick Roche T.D. to convene a roundtable conference of all those opposed to nuclear reprocessing including environmental groups, political parties and representatives from the Nordic countries."

The Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson further questioned the Minister in relation the quantities of radioactive material contained in and leaking from B30 pond at Sellafield and the legal avenues being pursued for preventing nuclear material being transported through the Irish Sea. ENDS

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