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Fine Gael need to clarify position on nuclear fuel

9 May, 2006


Leitrim Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Kenny has called on Fine Gael to clarify its position on nuclear power after the Fine Gael Chairperson on Leitrim County Council, former TD Gerry Reynolds, opposed a motion calling on the Council to join a nuclear free group despite the group being chaired by Louth Fine Gael Councillor Michael O’Dowd. Councillor Kenny had proposed a motion calling on the Leitrim County Council to join the All Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities Forum but was most surprised when the main opposition to his motion came from a party colleague of the chairperson of the forum.

Councillor Kenny said, “Last night I called on Leitrim County Council to join the All Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities Forum to highlight the opposition of the people of Ireland to nuclear power.  The Chairperson of the group is Louth Fine Gael Councillor Michael O’Dowd who is also the brother of the Fine Gael Environment spokesperson Fergus O’Dowd.  However, the main opposition to my motion came from a party colleague of Michael O’Dowd, the chairperson of Leitrim County Council Gerry Reynolds who said ‘it would be wrong to rule out nuclear energy as an option.’

“Fine Gael needs to clarify its position on nuclear power.  Are they now going to say that councillor Reynolds was speaking in his own personal capacity at a council meeting? Or was he actually reflecting the position of Fine Gael on nuclear fuel? Or are they just making it up as they go along? This seems to be another inconsistency within the Fine Gael party.

“I wonder will Enda Kenny now distance himself from Gerry Reynolds’ comments in the same way that he distanced himself from Fine Gael’s Dublin North West general election candidate Bill Tormey’s comments regarding AIDS tests for immigrants and keeping socially disruptive people in one locality.” ENDS

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