Irish Government Pressed on Sellafield Ponds Danger


Following the revelations in the Ecologist magazine about the dilapidated and dangerous nature of storage ponds at Sellafield the Celtic League has raised the issue with the Irish government.

Ireland (via various agencies) has an agreement on exchange of information and access to Sellafield.

The League has asked if Irish officials had access or information about this issue;

A copy of the correspondence to the Taoiseach is set below:

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, TD
Department of the Taoiseach
Government Buildings
Upper Merrion Street
Dublin 2

26th November 2014

Dear Taoiseach,

We corresponded with the RPII in 2013 referring to the so called ‘friendly agreement’ concluded between the Irish and British government allowing both RPII and An Garda Síochána access to Sellafield. I understand that since that time the RPII has merged its functions into the EPA and I was unsure how to contact them directly hence this communication with your Office

In their response the RPII clarified at some length the nature and value of that agreement (see link):

She specifically outlined that “the ‘Package of Measures’ included the facilitating of visits to Sellafield by the RPII and An Garda Siochána, provision of access for the RPII”

You may be aware that recently information was leaked to the (UK) Ecologist magazine which contained disturbing revelations about the dilapidated nature of storage facilities at the site (see link).

Can I ask if either the RPII or An Garda Síochána were given access to this extraordinarily derelict area of the site and if so any representations were made by the Irish team?

If the RPII (now EPA) were unaware of the parlous nature of the infrastructure in this area of the Sellafield complex will your government now be making representations to the Sellafield site operators?

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

See additional Celtic News link to this item at:

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)
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