The Chief Executive of British Nuclear Fuel has said that Irish fears about safety at Sellafield are groundless. Norman Askew was speaking as a group of TDs and MPs embarked on a fact-finding tour of the plant today.

The TDs and MPs are members of the British Irish inter-parliamentary body. As they visited the plant today, British Nuclear Fuel, the company which runs Sellafield, has been trying to allay their fears over the new MOX facility, discharges into the Irish Sea, and vulnerability to terrorist attack.

BNFL Chief Executive Norman Askew told RTÉ News that, since 11 September, safety at Sellafield had been reviewed and that every possible precaution had been taken to guard against terrorist attack. However, he refused to go into specifics.

Mr Askew said that vessels containing Sellafield high-level radioactive liquid waste were amongst the most robust civilian structures in the UK.