Local MLA calls for ‘demilitarisation of Irish Sea’ after near miss

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Sinn Féin MLA Sinead Ennis has called for the “demilitarisation of the Irish Sea”.

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Ennis was speaking after a report published recently revealed that in 2018 a British nuclear submarine was just 250 yards from colliding with a ferry in the Irish Sea.



Speaking to Newry Times, the South Down MLA said, “Sinn Féin has been consistent in calling for an end to British military activity in Ireland.

“This applies to both land and sea.



“The Marine Accident Investigations Branch has published a worrying report into a near-miss between a British nuclear submarine and ferry in the Irish Sea in 2018.

“The ferry was just 250 yards from the nuclear submarine when the ferry’s captain took an emergency course of action to avoid a collision.



“The report found that the lives of the 282 passengers and staff onboard the ferry were in ‘immediate danger’.

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“It is extremely concerning that this is the third near collision in the last four years between Royal Navy submarines and other ships in the Irish Sea.

“The British Government and the British Ministry of Defence should end its submarine activity in the Irish Sea to avoid similar incidents in the future,” she added.


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