A Workers Party representative has added to the recent discussion on the government search for a radioactive waste facility saying  he is amazed that a proposal suggesting the Newry area as a potentially suitable site for a Geological Disposal Facility to store radioactive waste locally had even been considered.

Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

Newry Workers Party representative, Dan Gebski said “The Mourne mountains and the Ring of Gullion are both officially designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and yet they are being talked about as a possible site for the storage of radio active waste. This is unbelievable”

Mr Gebski has asked that the Department for Infrastructure and DAERA intervene immediately making it absolutely clear to the Radioactive Waste Management Company RWA that this is a non-starter,” 

“The Departments’ own websites highlight the very special environmental value of this area”, Dan explained. “It is described as ‘ ...a unique geological landform, unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK .....and has been . voted onto the ‘Top 100 Geosites of UK & Ireland’

“In the past six years the Department of Infrastructure has rejected 317 planning applications in the Mourne and Slieve Gullion areas . They should make it clear from the outset that that they will not even consider an application for an underground radioactive bunker”.

Mr Gebski concluded "This is just one more reason why we need to restore our devolved government”

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