‘Ireland won’t be Britian’s nuclear dumping ground’ – Newry and Armagh MLA

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Energy, Environment and Climate Change Cathal Boylan has slammed British Government plans that would potentially see a nuclear waste disposal facility sited in Northern Ireland.

The Newry and Armagh MLA was speaking after the British Government announced a consultation to find a site to develop a geological disposal facility (GDF) to store nuclear radioactive waste.



The consultation includes the North of Ireland but Cathal Boylan rejected any suggestion that such a facility could be built here.

“Sinn Fein are totally against the use of nuclear power, the British Government should be looking at ways to phase out their use of nuclear power, not build more,” he said.

“Ireland will not be used as a dumping ground for Britain’s radioactive waste, there is a reason that this proposal was originally rejected by local councils in England.



“These proposals would allow the British Government to bypass appropriate local decision making structures locally and in Britain.

“There is still no permanent solution for the problem of nuclear waste and this issue will continue to increase as more of the planned nuclear plants are built.

Boylan added, “The British Government should do the responsible thing and phase out their use of nuclear power.”



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