350 people could have died in Irish nuclear disaster, 1978 papers reveal

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A NUCLEAR disaster in Ireland would kill up to 350 people, an assessment warned in 1978 as plans were discussed for a Co. Wexford plant.

A decade before the Chernobyl disaster devastated parts of the Ukraine, the Irish assessment estimated the number of deaths that could result from a major nuclear accident here, according to State papers released last week under the 30-year rule.

A proposal to build a nuclear powered plant in Carnsore turned into one of the most controversial projects ever to be considered by an Irish government. It led to large protests and a series of free concerts which attracted thousands of people to Carnsore.



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