[Sinn Fein]

18th February 2002

Morgan backed by council on Sellafield

At the monthly meeting of Louth County Council, Sinn Fein candidate in the forthcoming Leinster House election, Councillor Arthur Morgan proposed the following motion;

``That this Council is alarmed at the decision to permit the opening of Sellafield's MOX (mixed oxide) plant and the threat that it represents to the people of County Louth both in terms of BNFL's atrocious safety record and the threat from International Terrorism. Further, that Louth County Council writes to the Environment Ministries in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway to solicit their support for a diplomatic campaign to close Sellafield completely''.

During the debate Arthur told councillors that he believes the British Government are under pressure over Sellafield. He pointed out that he had been talking to a Japanese journalist who expressed the view that the Japanese Government would not give any new contracts to Sellafield. 

`` I genuinely believe that by building a strong International coalition against Sellafield we can force the closure of this dangerous plant''

The motion was carried unanimously, a fact that delighted Councillor Morgan.

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