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Call by AINFLAF demonstrates Irish opposition to nuclear power in Britain

19 April, 2006


Sinn Féin Environment and Local Government spokesperson Arthur Morgan T.D. has welcomed the call from the All-Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities Forum (AINFLAF) for British Prime Minister Tony Blair to bin proposals to build a new generation of nuclear power plants across Britain.

Deputy Morgan said, “Nuclear energy is a thing of the past.  The prospect of Britain building a new generation of nuclear power stations must be opposed as must any attempt by an Irish Government to consider developing nuclear energy.  Sinn Féin welcomes the call from the All-Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities Forum (AINFLAF) for the British Government to dump proposals to build a new generation of nuclear power plants.   The call by AINFLAF further shows that the Irish people are overwhelmingly opposed to the construction of more nuclear reactors in Britain because of the implications of such reactors for the people of Ireland who for too long have lived with the threat posed by Sellafield.  The future solutions to our energy needs worldwide must lie in renewable energy and the promotion of energy saving technologies and not in nuclear energy. 

“I would urge those local authorities who are not part of AINFLAF to affiliate to it in order to demonstrate the vociferous opposition of the people of Ireland to nuclear power.  We need to work together to prevent the British, and indeed the Irish Government in the future, capitulating to the powerful lobby from the nuclear industry.” ENDS

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