A nuclear tip in the Mournes – Surely Not!

Lounging in the sun on the bench at Eary Cushlin last Saturday it was hard not to think ‘god is in his heaven and all’s well with the world’. Blissful silence and in the distance the Mournes and Slieve Gullion poking out of the Celtic mists to the West.

Back down to earth with a bump today as our Celtic League Irish Secretary sends me details of plans to possibly use the Mournes and Slieve Gullion area as the site for the United Kingdom’s deep secure nuclear waste repository. The Mournes it seems are one of a number of sites on the UK hit list but I think can any of the Celtic countries (sites in Wales also appear apparently) countenance this ‘blot on (or under) the landscape’. Henceforth Ireland will be the land of ‘Saints, scholars and nuclear dumps’ if the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) get their way!

Hard to comprehend nuclear filth to the East of us at Drigg being complemented by more dross stored in South Down to the West. I would never see the Mournes in the same light again.

I feel sure Celtic League both at branch level and centrally will oppose any plans to use the Celtic countries as a nuclear tip!

Here’s the link:

https://www.newry.ie/…/6591-newry-area-under-investigation-…

Bernard Moffatt

Celtic League
Assistant General Secretary

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