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British nuclear power plans must be met with forceful response from Irish Government

17 May, 2006

Speaking in the aftermath of Tony Blair’s comments that nuclear power was "back on the agenda with a vengeance", Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Arthur Morgan T.D. has called on the Irish Government to make a forceful response to combat British plans to proceed to construct a new generation of nuclear power plants.  Deputy Morgan called on the government to initiate an aggressive diplomatic, legal and political crusade in opposition to British moves to revive the nuclear programme.

Deputy Morgan said, “The Irish Government must respond forcefully to the indications from the British that they will proceed with plans for the construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants.  It must be made clear, in no uncertain terms, to Blair and his colleagues within the British Government that the people of Ireland remain overwhelmingly opposed to nuclear power and will not tolerate the construction of new nuclear power stations on our door step.   Nuclear power can never be a viable option. The devastation caused twenty years ago at Chernobyl and the after-effects, which will be felt for many more generations   should be enough to make us stop in our tracks and think again.

“The Irish Government should bring together all those opposed to Sellafield including political parties, NGO’s and environmental groups to create a strong united campaign   - an aggressive diplomatic, legal and political crusade to combat the British moves to revive nuclear power.  We must also work with those across Britain who are opposed to nuclear power to undermine the position of influence which the pro-nuclear lobby presently enjoys.   

“Sinn Féin will be holding conference entitled “Sellafield   – Still a Danger” in the Fairways Hotel Dundalk from 10am to 1.30pm on this coming Saturday 20th May.  This conference is open to everyone concerned about the continued threat from the Sellafield plant in Cumbria, the most discredited nuclear facility in Western Europe. The plans by the British to launch a new nuclear power building programme will also undoubtedly come up for discussion.” ENDS

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