The ESB has indicated its interest in entering the nuclear power market.
The company's chairman told the Sunday Business Post they would consider a joint venture with one of the bigger European energy companies.
The government is currently opposed to nuclear power, however Tadhg O'Donoghue says he believes their stance will have to change over the next number of years.
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