The campaign to have Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant shut down sends thousands of postcards from Ireland to Britain.

The British Energy Minister Brian Wilson has said that the 'Shut Down Sellafield' postcard campaign led by Ali Hewson is fundamentally misleading and irresponsible.

Brian Wilson described it as "odd" that the Irish state post office would subsidise hundreds of thousands of postcards urging the closure of Sellafield.

An Post say that they have hundreds of thousands of the cards ready for delivery to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles and Norman Askew CEO of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL).

They'll be sent to Britain next week.

The latest criticism of Sellafield Nuclear Plant is that radioactive liquid waste is leaking into ground water underneath the site. The liquid waste is being stored in tanks that are up to fifty years old and will cost BNFL over £100 million to fix.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 April 2002. The reporter is Brian O'Connell.