The Republic of Ireland attempted to use the international horror over the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union to press for a cessation of all discharges from the Sellafield plant in the UK. Secret documents, released under the 30-year rule, also reveal concerns the Chernobyl fall-out cloud might drift over Ireland. Weeks after the accident, vegetables from a German embassy garden in Moscow had 10 times the normal levels of radiation. A secret briefing note for Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald, dated December 4, 1986, warned the outright closure of Sellafield would also be “more complex than it might appear”.
Belfast Telegraph 30th Dec 2016 read more »