Ireland needs to challenge today’s decision by the European Commission formally granting State Aid approval to Britain to build a new nuclear power plant in Somerset beside the Irish sea, according to Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor Jim O’Callaghan.
“Today’s decision by the European Commission allows the British government to give 35 years of financial aid to the nuclear power station planned for Hinckley by the Irish sea. The Irish government should make every attempt to stop the construction of this nuclear power station which in time will become as big a threat to Ireland as Sellafield has been over the past 40 years,” said O’Callaghan.
“The decision by the European Commission is a major distortion of competition rules and will result in huge State financial support going to the nuclear industry. Ireland can move to challenge this decision by bringing a case to the European Court of first instance challenging the decision of the European Commission to permit such State Aid. Since planning permission has already been granted for this nuclear power station, a challenge to the European Court on the grounds of State Aid is the only viable means of trying to block this nuclear plant that will threaten Ireland’s future,” said O’Callaghan.