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Ahern must demand Britain pulls back from nuclear agenda - Morgan

25 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on Dermot Ahern to strongly outline Ireland’s opposition to nuclear power in Britain when he meets Peter Hain today.  Deputy Morgan said it is not enough for Peter Hain to give a commitment that the Six Counties will remain nuclear free and that Dermot Ahern must outline the implications for Ireland of nuclear power in Britain.

He said, “The Irish Government must be clear in opposing 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.  The waste from these reactors will be going to Sellafield for reprocessing which will add to the devastating effects already endured by the people on the east coast of Ireland.

“It is not enough for Peter Hain to come here with a commitment that the Six Counties will remain nuclear free.  He knows full well that nuclear power in Britain has serious implications for Ireland and Dermot Ahern must put this to him and, in the strongest possible terms, he must express Ireland’s opposition to nuclear power in Britain.

“This is no time for a soft approach from the Irish government.  We have all seen the implications Sellafield has had on our country.  Dermot Ahern must take a stand on behalf of the Irish people and demand that Britain pulls back from its nuclear agenda and pursues a policy of renewable energy and the promotion of the technologies which are energy saving.” ENDS

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