40 years after the Carnsore Point protests ended nuclear power generation as an option in Ireland, the climate crisis has put it back on the agenda again. One nuclear power plant could provide the same energy as an array of wind turbines and solar farms — installations that are facing growing local opposition here. But could nuclear ever be acceptable in Ireland, a country that has lived in the shadow of Sellafield and the less than exemplary practices observed there, a country that has taken the children of Chernobyl into its hearts and homes, a country that has a legal prohibition on nuclear power? Denis Duff believes it is only a matter of time. A mechanical engineer with a 32-year career in ESB behind him before becoming an independent consultant, Duff is a founder of BENE, Better Environment with Nuclear Energy, a lobby group that wants Ireland to reconsider its attitude to nuclear.
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