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Policy


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.