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The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is responsible for implementing Government policy in regard to nuclear safety, nuclear emergency preparedness and radiological protection.
Ireland's policies on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament are the responsibility of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Ireland is opposed to the use of nuclear energy, as it believes the environmental, health and safety risks and impacts outweigh any perceived benefits arising from this industry.
Ireland recognises that some other countries do not share this position. However, Ireland takes the view that nuclear power plants, wherever located, must comply fully with all relevant conventions and legal provisions in regard to health, safety standards, environmental impact and economic justification.
Where the risk posed by the operation of nuclear installations in neighbouring countries is considered untenable, Ireland will use every diplomatic, legal and other route available to it to have the installation closed and decommissioned safely.
- National Policy Position for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (pdf, 436 kb)
- Risks to Ireland from Incidents at the Sellafield Site (pdf, 354 kb)
- Report of the INEX-3 Exercise (pdf, 1,955 kb)
- Safeguarding Ireland from Nuclear Accidents - Information Leaflet (pdf, 1,012 kb)
- Radon in Existing Buildings - Corrective Options - Information Leaflet (pdf, 888 kb)
- Exercise Euranos 2007 (pdf, 1,118 kb)
- National Emergency Plan for Nuclear Accidents (pdf, 1,275 kb)
- more publications
- 31/08/15: Minister Kelly welcomes the commencement of an international peer review of Ireland’s radiation safety regulatory arrangements against international standards
- 03/06/15: Year 1 progress Report on the implementation of the National Radon Control Strategy for Ireland published by Minister Alan Kelly
- 17/02/14: Minister Hogan Launches National Radon Control Strategy for Ireland
- 26/05/11: Minister Hogan welcomes confirmation that UK will apply nuclear safety stress tests to Sellafield