The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) warmly welcomes the formal signing at the United Nations yesterday by the Irish Government of the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty. It is a clear sign of its intention to work with other countries for a nuclear weapons free world and is the complete opposite of the UK Government, who have boycotted this important multilateral process.
Over 50 countries signed the Treaty during the General Assembly session of the United Nations, which is a key indication that it will shortly become enshrined into international law. The Republic of Ireland has played a consistent role in the nuclear disarmament debate, assisting with the development of the earlier Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in the late 1960s and now with this new Treaty, which seeks t o move the world away from the threat of a nuclear weapons conflict. NFLA now calls on the UK and other nuclear weapon, NATO members and ‘nuclear umbrella’ states, like Japan and Australia, to follow Ireland’s lead. (1)
The NFLA will be holding its autumn seminar on Friday 22nd September in Meath County Council offices in Navan. The seminar will be considering issues around the development of renewable energy in Ireland, the risks and dangers to Ireland of the UK’s ‘Brexit’ decision and plans to leave the Euratom Treaty, and the NFLA All Ireland Forum Co-Chair’s recent involvement in the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Summit.
Amongst the speakers are:
- John McCann of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, who will consider how both onshore and offshore wind can develop further across the is land.
- Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary, who will look at ‘Bre xit’ and ‘Brexatom’ and its potential impacts on the island of Ireland.
- Justin Brown of Power Capital Ireland, who will consider the slow growth of renewables in Ireland, how it could be speeded up and the role Councils co uld play within it.
- Councillor Mark Dearey, NFLA All Ireland Forum Co- Chair, who will talk of his experience at the recent NDA Stakeholder Summit, which considered how UK nuclear sites and radioactive waste will be decommissioned and managed, including the huge Sellafield site. (2)
NFLA All Ireland Forum Co Chair Councillor Mark Dearey said:
“I warmly welcome the Irish Government’s decision to sign the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty and the leadership that has been taken by successive Ir ish Governments to work for multilateral nuclear disarmament. This Treaty is a step-change in the nu clear weapons debate and we call on our neighbours across the Irish Sea to do likewise instead of developing new Trident nuclear weapons.
“I am looking forward to our autumn seminar hosted b y our newest member of Meath County Council. Issues like Brexit, the slow growth of Irish renewables and decentralised energy are of real importance to all Councils. The meeting will also allow us to discuss how, under the auspices of the UN Espoo Convention, NFLA can join with other groups to put forward its views of the risks from the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant on the Irish Sea coast in Somerset, England. I urge councillors to attend.”
Ends – for more information please contact Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary, on 00 44 (0)161 234 3244.
Notes for editors:
(1) ICAN media release, 20th September http://www.icanw.org/status-of-the-treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons/?mc_cid=5fc42120f4&mc_eid=c6322df23c
(2) NFLA All Ireland Forum autumn meeting, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan County Meath Friday 22nd September 11am – 1pm
- John McCann, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland – Developing onshore and offshore wind in Ireland.
- Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary – ‘Brexit’ and ‘Brexatom’ and its potential impacts on the island of Ireland.
- Justin Brown of Power Capital Ireland – Why are renewables growing so slowly in Ireland, and how can it be speeded up?
- Councillor Mark Dearey, NFLA All Ireland Forum Co-Chair – The NDA Stakeholder Summit and implications for Ireland.