Irish government to support Sellafield case

Minister promises to be "ultra-helpful" to residents suing UK nuclear site operator

A citizen's group that is suing the Irish government and the operator of the Sellafield nuclear site in the UK is to be given financial support by the Irish government. Residents in Dundalk, which faces Sellafield over the Irish Sea, are suing British Nuclear Fuels over radioactive emissions, and the Irish government for failing to take action against the threat. In the Irish parliament yesterday, the minister for public enterprise Joe Jacob said that new financial support would be made available to the residents and that he would be calling on government departments to assist in research and give advice. The minister refused to say whether the residents would be ending their action against the government in return for the new initiative, but indicated that he would be meeting with them in the near future. The issue "has been discussed on three occasions in the past seven or eight weeks by the government, which is an indication of how seriously [it] is treating this matter," he said. The government "is in a rather invidious position in readily and willingly funding this case while simultaneously being in the position of defendant," Mr Jacob concluded.

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Department of Public Enterprise, tel: +353 1 670 7444.

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