[Sinn Fein]

17th September 2002

Sinn Fein TD calls for international alliance against nuclear fuel transportation

Sinn Fein spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government Arthur Morgan TD speaking from aboard one of the vessels involved in the anti-nuclear flotilla has today called for the organisation of an international alliance of non-nuclear countries, environmentalists and peace activists to step up the campaign to have the global transportation of nuclear fuel ended. Deputy Morgan said such an alliance would be necessary to bring an end to the extremely dangerous practice of transporting nuclear fuel around the globe by sea.

Speaking from outside the port of Barrow-in-Furness the County Louth Deputy said:

``The Irish Sea protest against the transportation of BNFL's nuclear fuel has served to highlight in a dramatic way the dangers involved in this practice. However these protests in themselves cannot bring it to an end. We need to build an international alliance of non-nuclear countries who will work with national and international environmental and peace groups to make the extremely dangerous practice impossible.

``I would again like to commend all those involved in organising this flotilla and for the massive support they have recieved from communities along both sides of the Irish Sea.

``The Irish government should use the international good will that this protest has generated to initiate dialogue with other non-nuclear countries and environmental groups to establish a broad international coalition against not only the transportation of nuclear fuel but against the industry itself.'' ENDS

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