This project is a brief overview of Ireland’s relationship with nuclear power during my lifetime.
I was born in 1968, the same year the then government proposed a nuclear power plant to be sited at Carnsore Point in Wexford. The power station would have produced electricity for the ESB, but plans were eventually dropped after numerous government changes, oil crises and years of opposition by environmental groups.
As a teenager growing up in the 80’s everything seemed overshadowed by the specter of Sellafield. It seemed to be always in the news, there were numerous leaks and calls to shut it down.
In 2019 my friend Fin told me that some of Irelands electricity is generated by nuclear power that comes through an undersea cable from England. So, while we in Ireland do not have any actual nuclear facilities, we still have a very real everyday relationship to nuclear power.
Anders quotes taken from Ten theses on Chernobyl.