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Blair must not be permitted to put nuclear power back on the agenda

29 November, 2005


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Arthur Morgan T.D.'s has slammed as backward and unacceptable the statement today by British Prime Minister Tony Blair that nuclear power must be put back on the agenda.

Deputy Morgan said, "From his comments today it is clear that Tony Blair is capitulating to the powerful lobby from the nuclear industry. Blair must not be permitted to put nuclear power back on the agenda. The people of Britain need to make clear that this is not the answer to the energy needs of the future. The Irish Government must be clear in opposing any moves by the British to build more nuclear reactors which will have the same kind of implications for Ireland, especially in terms of health, which Sellafield has at the moment.

"This is a very disappointing and regressive development. It seemed for a number of years that Britain was on the verge of moving away from nuclear power which is neither economically sustainable nor environmentally acceptable.

"Nuclear energy is a thing of the past. The future solutions to our needs worldwide must lie in renewable energy and the promotion of the technologies which are energy saving." ENDS

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