Concerns about the UK’s nuclear expansion program and Ireland’s failures to consult with the Irish public were discussed last night in An Tairseach, Wicklow Town. The public meeting was organised by Wicklow Public Participation Network and the Irish Environmental Network, in an attempt to brief the public about upcoming deadlines for consultations, and issues surrounding the consultation process. Attendees heard that there are eight new nuclear plants proposed in the UK, five of which are to be located on the west coast of the UK facing Ireland. The UK is also considering the development of geological underground or undersea storage for radioactive waste, including locations in Northern Ireland and under marine waters. The clear implication here is that dumping of radioactive waste on the island of Ireland or its surrounding waters is under active consideration. The extension of the operating lifetime of older nuclear plants is also on the table, with a number of key public consultations undertaken by the UK Government in relation to the above issues. However, controversially, these key consultations have not been brought to the attention of the Irish public in the Republic of Ireland despite repeated calls from environmental groups for the Irish people to have their say on such developments.
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