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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Calls for nuclear power to be used as energy alternative

Dundalk Senator John McGahon has called for a debate on nuclear power being used as an energy alternative to fossil fuels.

Support for the carbon-free energy source has been recently gaining traction with leaders welcoming the idea at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.


In a desperate attempt to reduce emissions drastically in the next decade, world leaders have been trying to find a cleaner alternative energy source such as nuclear power.

McGahon highlighted the steady rise in gas prices which are “unseasonably high” and place upward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.

Acknowledging that Ireland is transitioning from fossil fuels to wind and solar energy, McGahon said, “We should be able to have a conversation about nuclear energy. That is all I am asking for.”


He also highlighted the 1999 Act which outlaws nuclear power in Ireland and has called for a debate on the subject.

“Ireland already consumes nuclear energy via our interconnector with the UK. It should at least be discussed and we should have a conversation about it as a viable option compared to all other possible scenarios.”


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