Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed cross-party support for his motion at last night’s Ardee Municipal Council meeting.
Cllr Cunningham was moved to bring the motion before the Council asking that they write to the Minister for the Environment stating its opposition to the proposal by the British Government to dump its nuclear waste at a site in the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion areas.
Cllr Cunningham said “the very idea that Britain or indeed any other country can come here, a country that has no nuclear power stations, to dump their nuclear waste is appalling. It is frightening and wholly unacceptable.”
“Nuclear waste is THE most toxic substance on the planet. It remains radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. During this time, no matter how well they believe it is secured, it still poses deadly threats to life in large surrounding areas. There are so many dangers connected to this proposal. All it would take would be a small earthquake or even a tremor, a human error at the storage facility or in transport across the sea or even a seal on the material to be broken or damaged and the surrounding areas will be contaminated.”
“It’s not hard to see why they don’t want it dumped in their own country!”
Following the passing of his motion, Cllr Cunningham said “we need Minister Bruton to send a very clear message to the British Government that this island is not a dumping ground for Britain’s nuclear waste. And while he is at it, state our opposition to yet another British nuclear plant being built, this time on the Isle of Anglesey which is far too close to this island for comfort. It is unacceptable to the people of Louth (closest neighbours in proximity) and Ireland as a whole.”
Full text of motion reads: That this Council write to the Minister for the Environment to state its opposition to the proposal by the British Government to dispose of radioactive material in the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Gullion areas and that this Council urges the Minister for the Environment to inform the British Government that the Irish Government and the Irish citizens will not tolerate the disposal of radioactive material at any location on this island. We also ask the Minister for the Environment to state his objection to the construction of a new Nuclear plant on the Isle of Anglesey.