Brady calls for opposition to British nuclear plant

August 8, 2016

British government plans to approve a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is of huge concern to those living along the east coast of Ireland, MP Mickey Brady has claimed.

Describing the facility as “another deadly danger off our coastline”, the Sinn Fein MP says news that the £18 billion plant is set for final approval is unwelcome and unwanted, stating that it would pose potential contamination to Ireland.

“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,” he said.

“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,” Mr Brady continued.  “The Irish Government needs to be more forceful in conveying the concerns of the Irish people, given their experiences with British nuclear power plants, to the 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.”