Dundalk Town Council is to join a global group of towns and cities united against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The local authority will link up with Mayors for Peace, an organisation that has co-ordinated 4,680 cities and towns in 150 countries around the world to promote the total abolition of nuclear weapons and pursue a lasting peace in the world.
The suggestion came from Cllr Ollan Herr of the Green Party who put forward a motion asking the council to join the international organisation.
“This is more about nuclear weapons than about the dangers of nuclear power,” Cllr Herr said.
It was important to remember what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No cities or towns should ever again become targets or victims of nuclear destruction.
However, Cllr Sean Bellew thought it was all a waste of time. He said it will not stop North Korea, Isreal, Pakistan and other countries in their efforts to stock pile nuclear weapons.
“We have better things to do,” he said. “This is meaningless, pointless, nonesense.
“The ratepayers are more concerned about their financial worries. We should be looking at more practical and productive issues.”
However, Cllr Jim Ryan believed that it was important that bodies such as the town council take a stand on issues of moral and ethical concern.
“If everybody remains silent,” he said. “Then nothing will ever be done.