The closure of the Sellafield mixed-oxide fuel plant (MOX) is good news for Ireland.
The facility has been one of the great white elephants of the British nuclear industry, costing the taxpayer £1.8bn, while being responsible for radioactive discharges into the Irish Sea and regular MOX fuel shipments over the Irish Sea to Japan.
However, this is not the end of the story. The British Government wants to build a new MOX facility at Sellafield and an announcement is expected in the autumn.
It is incumbent to keep the pressure on this 'nuclear renaissance' and encourage the development of renewable energy instead.
BAILIE GEORGE REGAN
UK and Ireland Nuclear-Free Local Authorities
Newry, Co Down