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Feely welcomes council membership of Nuclear Free Local Authorities

Published: 1 May, 2017

Sinn Féin Councillor John Feely has welcomed Fermanagh and Omagh District Council becoming a member of Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA). The NFLA is made up of Councils from across Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. It tackles the problems posed by civil and military nuclear hazards.

Mr Feely said,

"I believe that by becoming a member of the NFLA our council are publicly demonstrating opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

"With the Tories planning on spending between five and a half billion to seven billion pounds a year on Trident, Britain's so-called nuclear deterrent, I think it only right to oppose this madness.

"This money should be spent on education and health instead of being spent on a British vanity project to try and make them relevant as a 'Nuclear Power.'

"The NFLA also works to highlight the dangers posed by British nuclear submarines to Irish fishing vessels and their crews and radioactive waste discharges into the Irish Sea from nuclear power plants operating in England and Wales.

"As the UUP and DUP are both in favour of wasting Fermanagh tax payer's money on Trident, I wasn't surprised to see them oppose FODC becoming members of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities. However, I was disappointed to see the SDLP vote against it.

"By being a member of the NFLA our council will now be supporting their research and policy development work. Work such as highlighting the real price of nuclear energy, identifying the impact of Westminster's nuclear policy on local communities and hopefully minimising nuclear hazards and increasing public safety." - Ends

Note to editors. It was agreed by vote at the P&R Committee on 12-04-17 for FODC to become members of the NFLA.