30 March 2006

Sell-off of Sellafield must be opposed by every means possible

Sinn Féin

Published: 30 March, 2006

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, Arthur Morgan TD, had demanded the Government oppose by every means possible moves by the British Government to sell-off the notorious Sellafield nuclear plant.

Deputy Morgan said, "Sellafield must not be sold to private interests. The implications of such a move are far reaching and terrifying. It is hard to believe that the British Government would even consider such a move. The running and decommissioning of a nuclear power station cannot be dealt with by private interests, driven by a profit making and ultimately cost cutting agenda.

"Public accountability in relation to Sellafield is bad at present. The plant has a notorious record in terms of accidents and the failure to keep accurate records. Things would be a hundred times worse if this privatisation were permitted to go ahead.

"The Dublin Government's softening attitude in relation to the use of nuclear power was demonstrated at the recent European Council, where the Government broke with previous policy, and failed to join Germany and Austria in rejecting the nuclear option at the Council meeting.

"By supporting the European Council's call for a new generation of nuclear power this Government and specifically Dermot Ahern opened the door for the British to go ahead with plans to privatise the running and ultimately decommissioning of all their nuclear energy sites.

"The Irish people are overwhelmingly opposed to nuclear power. The Government must reflect this opposition by opposing these moves to privatise Sellafield and by stepping up the campaign for its closure." ENDS

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