Louth at risk from border nuclear waste plans – Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has written to the Minister for the Environment Richard Bruton TD asking if the government is “aware of or was consulted about a proposal by the British state’sRadioactive Waste Management group to store waste nuclear material deep underground in the Mournes and Slieve Gullion area.” Gerry Adams said: “The Irish government must ensure that the British government knows that it will not tolerate any nuclear waste facility being constructed on the island of Ireland”.

Teachta Adams said: “The British government is currently investigating sites which could potentially become storage dumps for thousands of tons of nuclear waste being produced by the British nuclear industry. Specifically, the group have examined the Mourne Mountains and the Slieve Gullion region, which have ‘higher strength rock’, as potential sites for what they call a Geological Disposal Facility.

In a recent report published just before Christmas the Radioactive Waste Management identified “granites and similar strong rocks around Newry, in which we may be able to site a GDF”. A recent extensive report by Greenpeace – The Global Crisis of Nuclear Waste – has provided a stark warning of the dangers involved in dumping nuclear waste underground.

The report states that the storing of waste material deep underground “has shown major flaws which exclude it for now as a credible option.” It points out that despite spending billions of dollars and decades of planning the USA has failed to secure a geological disposal site.

In 2018 the British government commenced an attempt to persuade a community willing to host a radioactive dump. This is their sixth such attempt over the last four decades. So far none have agreed. Currently Britain has what Greenpeace has described as “one of the largest and most complex nuclear waste problems in the world.” Its nuclear waste legacy has been made “dramatically more dangerous and expensive by its decades long plutonium reprocessing program based at Sellafield”.

Irish citizens living along the east coast have long been aware of the significant risk to people and the environment as a result of decades of accumulation of hazardous waste at Sellafield, much of it stored in outdated nuclear facilities. While the Nuclear Waste Management group cannot at this stage construct a nuclear dump in the Mournes or South Armagh without local agreement, that may not always be the case.

The failure by the British government to persuade any community to accept a nuclear dump means that at some point a British government will have to take a decision on where this waste goes. Currently nuclear waste is piling up in Britain and in other states that use nuclear power.

Today there is a global crisis with an estimated 250,000 tons of nuclear waste. The Irish government must ensure that the British government knows that it will not tolerate any nuclear waste facility being constructed on the island of Ireland. The government should also express its opposition to the current construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. This is another nuclear facility just across the Irish Sea.”

Cllr Tom Cunningham Calls on Fishing Industry To Get involved against Brexit.

Tom CunninghamSinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has urged fishermen to get involved in action against Brexit.

Councillor Cunningham was at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday discussing the decimation of the fishing industry in Ireland.

Cllr Cunningham said “The British Prime Minister triggered Article 50 so Britain will be out of Europe within two years. My main concern for Clogherhead is that the main fleet is prawn fishermen and their area is British waters which obviously will no longer be available to them after the two years are up.

“Not only that, but as the British waters will be longer available to them or indeed other fleets from other EU countries, where are they going to fish? In Irish waters obviously. We can not be made to bear the brunt of the displaced fleets from British waters. The government is already neglecting the fishing industry, I don’t have much faith that they will represent our interests in any arrangements being made under Brexit.”Fish

Cllr Cunningham said “The fishing industry must get involved, along with the farmers because they are the two groups that are going to be the main losers in the whole Brexit fiasco. We can not allow these displaced fleets to transfer to Irish waters, our fishing industry would be finished as would our coastal communities as we know them.

“No-one knows the fishing industry better than the fishermen. Get involved, oppose Brexit, demand your rights and interests are protected. Don’t leave it to a neglectful government to do it for you because as we all know, they won’t.”

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