The Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, and his Icelandic, Norwegian and Austrian counterparts have voiced their concern at suggestions that nuclear energy is the solution to climate change.

In a statement following their meeting at Dublin Castle this morning, the ministers said that risks and problems remain with the nuclear option.

They added that it cannot claim to be a clean alternative to fossil fuels.

On the agenda were common concerns arising from the trans-boundary implications of nuclear activities, including Britain's Sellafield nuclear plant.