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27 March, 2007

Sinn Féin South Down MLA Willie Clarke has welcomed the joint meeting between Irish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Austrian Environment Ministers in Dublin to discuss the issue of Sellafield.

Speaking after party colleague, Louth TD Arthur Morgan met and briefed representatives of the Norwegian Government delegation, Mr Clarke said:

"I very much welcome the coming together of a number of governments that share deep deep concerns about Sellafield and the establishment of a joint approach in an effort to stop the re-opening of the Thorp plant at Sellafield.

"The fact is that there are a number of clusters where there is an exceptionally high incidences of Cancer in Louth, South Down and in the Lofoten region of Norway. Clearly there is a need to intensify the campaign to end all dangerous and deadly nuclear re-processing at Sellafield.

"Sinn Féin have been have been invited to attend a forum, comprising of organisations from the Nordic countries and Sellafield management at Sellafield in May next. One of the key aims of the forum is the reduction of emissions from this menacing and toxic plant.

"Sinn Féin also hopes to meet with the British Prime Minister following the forum. I would welcome such an opportunity to remind the British Prime Minister that he went to war on the people of Iraq over alleged weapons of mass destruction and chemical warfare while he and his nuclear industry have a huge weapon of mass destruction at Sellafield that is constantly engaged in a chemical war on the health of the people of this island." ENDS

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