Ali Hewson and Samantha Mumba launch the Shut Sellafield school postcard campaign.
Singer Samantha Mumba returns to her old school, Corpus Christi Girls National Girls School in Drumcondra Dublin to help activist Ali Hewson launch the nationwide school initiative for the Shut Sellafield campaign.
Ali Hewson is one of the main organisers of the nationwide postcard campaign calling for the closure of the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant on Britain's Cumbrian coast. Prepaid postcards addressed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be delivered to every household in the country. Organisers hope more than one million postcards will be sent before 19 April so they can be delivered to Tony Blair on 26 April, the 16th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.
Extra packs of postcards will be available in post offices and supermarkets nationwide, apart from Tesco. Ali Hewson is disappointed Tesco considers the Shut Sellafield campaign a pressure group because,
You can't call a whole nation a pressure group.
Although mobbed by adoring fans, Samantha Mumba makes the plea,
Just send a postcard, it only takes two seconds, it’s for a fantastic cause.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 April 2002. The reporter is Sharon Ní Bheoláin.