Speaking in the Dáil on the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl, Taoiseach (irish prime minister) Bertie Ahern said “As a non-nuclear state, Ireland has played a very strong role by preventing the development of nuclear weapons and forcing the eventual closure of Sellafield.

“Sellafield poses an unacceptable threat to this country on the grounds of ongoing pollution, its poor safety record and the impact of a major terrorist act,? he added.