Let’s get in the nu­clear game

Irish Independent - - LETTERS & EDITORIAL COMMENT -

John Mul­li­gan’s piece (‘De­lays could see Ap­ple pull plug on €850m data cen­tre’, Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, Septem­ber 14), tells us that Ap­ple is threat­en­ing to pull the plug on its planned data cen­tre in Athenry, Co Gal­way.

I can un­der­stand the com­pany’s frus­tra­tion with Ire­land’s plan­ning process.

How­ever, it is guilty of some mag­i­cal think­ing if it ever thought that a 240MW fa­cil­ity could be pow­ered with in­ter­mit­tent re­new­able en­ergy.

Ire­land sorely needs more low-car­bon elec­tric­ity, but it also needs it to be re­li­able and af­ford­able. Ap­ple has been guilty of think­ing that Ire­land can pro­vide this for it.

Only when we build a mod­ern nu­clear power plant will we be in a po­si­tion to in­vite large tech com­pa­nies here with the prospect of clean, af­ford­able en­ergy.

Other coun­tries in Europe are steal­ing the march on us. Fin­land and Swe­den have cheap, low-car­bon elec­tric­ity pow­ered by nu­clear. Let’s get in the game. It is a win-win for both the econ­omy and the cli­mate. Dr Pat Mor­ris­sey Adare, Co Lim­er­ick

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