30 May 2006

Sinn Fein calls for complete closure of Sellafield plant

Meath Chronicle

A COMPLETE closure of the Sellafield plant in Cumbria - on a phased basis - is the call from Sinn Fein, stated party Colr Joe Reilly.

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Pictured is the Sellafield plant in Cumbria, described as the most discredited nuclear facility in Western Europe.

He made the call last Sunday at a half-day conference entitled ‘Sellafield - Still a Danger’, held in the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk. The organiser was SF’s European Department.

Colr Reilly said the people of Meath and the entire country always had “serious health concerns” about the plant, described as the most discredited nuclear facility in Western Europe.

In addition to closure, SF wanted a proper clean-up operation and “more openness and no more cover-ups from the British government on this issue”.

He added that nuclear power could never be a viable option. Among the speakers who took part in the conference were Lennart Varmby, board member, Swedish Energy Agency, Colr George Regan, vice-chair, Nuclear Free Local Authorities, member of Dundee City Council (Scottish Labour), and Ms Rea Street, vice chairperson, CND Britain.

MEP Bairbre De Brún chaired the session ‘Why Sellafield Must Close’, and Arthur Morgan, TD, chaired the session ‘How To Organise For the Closure of Sellafield’.

Meanwhile, on the upcoming elections front, Sinn Féin is organising an ‘Elect Colr Joe Reilly’ public meeting tomorrow (Thursday) in the Pollard Arms Hotel, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath, at 8.30pm in preparation for the forthcoming general election in the new Meath West constituency.

The new constituency includes part of Westmeath and SF candidate, Meath Colr Reilly, said: “There is a strong nationalist/republican labour/SF tradition in the Castlepollard, Delvin, Clonmellon, Raharney area.”

He invited local people who wanted to see a ‘United Ireland of Equals’ to join the part and help elect a SF TD for Meath West. Colr Reilly said the election offered the people of this part of Westmeath the opportunity to vote for change, to end the Fine Gael/Fianna Fail establishment grip on local politics. He also asked interested people to inform their family and friends about this important meeting.

For further information, contact John Guirke, 087-1239670, John Creagh, 086-3975665 or log onto www.meathsinnfein.comwww.meathsinnfein.com

Colr Joe Reilly concluded by quoting the late Bobby Sands MP, that: “Everyone, republican or otherwise, has their particular part to play. No part is too great or too small. No one is too old or too young to do something.”

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