Monday 19 February 2018

Ireland should have had say on UK reactor – An Taisce

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

An Taisce is considering launching an appeal to the UK Supreme Court over plans to build a nuclear reactor 240km from the Irish coast.

A British appeal court has dismissed claims that Ireland should have been consulted on the plans.

A spokesman for Ireland's national trust said its legal team will study a ruling handed down yesterday by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, with a view to launching an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

At issue are the UK government's plans to build two nuclear reactors at the site of both a disused and currently functioning nuclear power station in Somerset on the west coast of England, that would provide 13pc of the UK's electricity by the time it is scheduled to go into operation by 2023.

The project, known as Hinkley Point C, was granted planning permission by the British government in 2010 but An Taisce launched an appeal of that decision.

Irish Independent

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