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Morgan expresses disappointment at Sellafield decision

30 May, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Arthur Morgan T.D. has described as deeply disappointing, but not unexpected, the ruling by the European Court of Justice that the State had breached EU law by taking Britain to a United Nations tribunal in relation to Sellafield.

Deputy Morgan said, “The decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the case of the Irish Government’s legal action against Sellafield is deeply disappointing but not unexpected.  Unfortunately this decision represents a set back in terms of the ongoing campaign to bring about the closure of Sellafield.

“This decision cannot be allowed to put off track the campaign to close Sellafield which continues to pose an intolerable risk to the health of the people of Ireland. Sinn Féin is calling on the Irish Government to proceed as quickly as possible with a case to ECJ. We are strongly urging the Irish Government to work with the Nordic countries in a united campaign that would embrace legal, diplomatic, political and popular pressure on Britain to shut Sellafield and to stop the proposed further nuclear plants. 

“It is time to demonstrate to the British Government and to the nuclear industry that we are very serious about defending the health and safety of our people and that we will go to any length to do so.” ENDS

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