Representatives from the Isle of Man visit Ireland to voice concerns about the Sellafield nuclear fuel site in Cumbria, England.

The Isle of Man is just over 35 miles from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria in North West England. The Manx parliament has voted for the closure of Sellafield and frequently expresses concerns about the plant to the British government.

Chief Minister of the Isle of Man Miles Walker and Minister of Local Government and the Environment Dominic Delaney met with their Irish counterparts An Taoiseach Charles Haughey and Minister for Energy Ray Burke.

The Manx delegation is hopeful the Irish will be the voice of opposition to Sellafield in Europe as they find themselves in a difficult position with their old friends in Britain.The Chief Minister notes while the Isle of Man is a British Crown dependency, it has very strong viewpoints of its own. Therefore it is not unusual for the Manx parliament to seek allies amongst those holding the same position.

We have made certain that our arguments, our anti-Sellafield arguments, are well based, not just emotive and sentimental, and we have always argued on that level.

Minister Ray Burke stressed that both governments are totally opposed to the British proposal to bury waste from Sellafield under the Irish sea.

There are many other methods far preferable from a UK point of view, leaving aside and Irish and and Isle of Man point of view, and I trust that good sense will prevail from the British government on this issue.

Both governments agreed to unify their efforts to close the Sellafield plant.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 September 1987. The reporter is Una O'Hagan.