Jeffrey Donaldson says Lough Foyle ideal for Trident nuclear weapons

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
MP Jeffrey Donaldson has suggested Trident be moved to Northern Ireland
MP Jeffrey Donaldson has suggested Trident be moved to Northern Ireland

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said that Lough Foyle is a potential home for the Trident nuclear weapons system.

He told BBC Radio Ulster that as the Scottish National Party do not want the Trident program to remain at its current base in Faslane in the Firth of Clyde.

Speaking to William Crawley, Donaldson, who represents Lagan Valley, said: “My own constituency is land locked so it would not be able to take the submarines but there are a number of ports in Northern Ireland that could.

“Of course Lough Foyle was a naval base and it played an enormous roll in thwarting the German U-boat fleet in the North Atlantic and we shouldn’t underestimate the value of that. Bear in mind, the reason the submarines that carry the nuclear weapons are based in Scotland is because it provides easy access to the shipping lanes of the North Atlantic. Northern Ireland would also provide that.

“Lough Foyle is probably not deep enough so work would have to be carried out to deepen it but it’s not the only option in Northern Ireland.”

He added that the Trident nuclear missiles system isn't ideal, but is still needed as a deterrent.

“I would hope that there would come a day that the nations of the world would come to their senses and negotiate a treaty that would result in multi-lateral disarmament but we are no where near that day yet so the UK must play its part in providing the deterrent that we need when dealing with nations who don’t have the same values as we do when it comes to using nuclear weapons.”