Nuclear energy in the Republic of Ireland

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Ireland currently has no nuclear power plants.

However, a nuclear power plant was proposed in 1968, and resulted in the creation of the Nuclear Energy Board. It was to be built during the 1970s at Carnsore Point in County Wexford by the Electricity Supply Board. The plan envisioned four plants to be built at the site, but was dropped in 1981 after strong opposition from environmentalist groups and because of flattening energy demand, and Ireland has remained without nuclear power.[citation needed]

In April 2006, a government-commissioned report by Forfás pointed to the need for Ireland to reconsider nuclear power in order "to secure its long-run energy security". Relatively small-scale nuclear plants were envisaged. In 2007, Ireland's Electricity Supply Board made it known that it would consider a joint venture with a major EU energy company to build nuclear capacity.[1]

Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, The Economist has reported that Ireland is "strongly anti-nuclear".[2]

Upon the completion of the East-West Interconnector in 2012, a submarine cable that connects County Dublin with Wales, Ireland has been supported with electricity from the generation of the Welsh Wylfa nuclear power station.[3]

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