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The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Should Ireland Move To Nuclear Energy?

Although the law prevents the construction of nuclear power stations in Ireland, we do import this t...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:30 PM - 6 Mar 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Should Ireland Move To Nuclear Energy?

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:30 PM - 6 Mar 2019

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Although the law prevents the construction of nuclear power stations in Ireland, we do import this type of energy from other countries.

Should we be moving towards nuclear energy?

Environmental journalist John Gibbons thinks we should.

"The idea that we can manage a global switch of our entire energy systems to an absolute renewable system any time soon is not realistic."

"We're in a situation where we're only producing a fifth of our total electricity worldwide from renewables. We have to decarbonise our way of life."

Green Party leader Éamon Ryan feels "there is a renewable revolution taking place" but there has been "a lack of political commitment to take this route."

"We're at about 35% renewable now, and we're agreeing to go for a 75% renewable power supply by 2030. We will largely get that by the development of offshore wind and solar and interconnection with other markets."

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