Future of nuclear power now in doubt
SILENT, tasteless, odourless, mysterious. Radioactivity is deadly dangerous, but the fear it provokes is, if anything, even greater.
There will be many in Ireland, half a world away, worried about the health implications of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant. There is no reason for this country to fear radiation, but plenty of other global concerns arise from this disaster.
It is a disaster and, unless things go very well in the next 48 hours, it will get worse. The enduring symbol of this enormous failure may be the idea of police water cannons having to be employed in a last desperate attempt to get water on over-heating radioactive material.