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News Release from Sinn Féin:
“British Nuclear Plant ‘Unwelcome & Unwanted’ – Crowe
4 August, 2016 – by Seán Crowe TD
Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has described the pending news that the Nuclear Plant in Hinkley Point, Somerset is supposedly set for final approval as unwelcome, unwanted, saying it added ‘another deadly danger off our coastline’.
Deputy Crowe believes that the £18 billion nuclear plant, if approved, would join the discredited Sellafield as another source of deadly danger and potential contamination to the island of Ireland.
The Dublin South West TD said:
“Ireland has had a difficult and unwanted relationship with British Nuclear plants like Windscale, renamed Sellafield, over the decades with leaks, contamination scares, and poisonous releases into the atmosphere.
“An increase in birth defects and cancers along the east coast of Ireland has convinced many that there is a direct link to the release of the nuclear waste contaminates into the atmosphere and the Irish Sea and the rise in clusters of these cases.
“The expected news that the Hinkley Point, Somerset nuclear plant is set for final approval by the British government is unwelcome and adds another danger to people living in Ireland.
“The majority of Irish people oppose nuclear power and the potential of siting one at Carnsore Point in Wexford was firmly rejected a number of years ago.
“I am calling on the Irish Government to be more forceful in conveying a similar message to British Government during this review.
“Nuclear plants are not wanted near our coastline as they inevitably pose a real and potentially disastrous threat to the health and wellbeing of our citizens, particularly those living in or near the East Coast.
“Methods of producing energy that can cause serious risk to the health and environment of millions of citizens, including nuclear generators and fracking, have little or no support and that needs to be reflected in the actions and policies of any Irish Government.
“The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan needs to forward Irish concerns to the British Government immediately about this Hinkley plant in terms of safety, its location, and the inherent danger it will potentially place all our citizens.” http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/41085 (Emphasis our own.) About Seán Crowe: http://www.sinnfein.ie/sean-crowe
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The Hinkley Nuclear Project is led by French State owned EDF. This appears to be why the Irish Government is not actively opposing the project:
“Minister Naughten on the Celtic Interconnector Project
21 July 2016 Minister Naughten accompanied President Francois Hollande and An Taoiseach today as they oversaw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between EirGrid and RTE… the Minister said “The Celtic Interconnector Project has the potential to provide a reliable high-capacity link between Ireland and France that would have huge benefits for the people of Ireland…” OGL: http://www.dccae.gov.ie/news-and-media/en-ie/Pages/PressRelease/Celtic-Interconnector-Project.aspx
There is also one between Ireland and the UK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East–West_Interconnector