Russian Roulette in Aughinish

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Aughinish Alumina on the Shannon estuary in west Limerick Pics: Maura Hickey

A trade war between Washington DC and Moscow has threatened 450 jobs at the Aughinish Alumina plant in Limerick. Michael Brennan travelled to the plant to investigate the implications, and examine what happens next

It is 14 years since I last visited the site of Aughinish Alumina. The giant plant in west Limerick has survived drops in global demand for its product, changes of ownership and pollution complaints. But due to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, Aughinish Alumina is now facing the most severe challenge of its 35-year existence. I returned there with our photographer Maura Hickey to find out about the potential damage that could be caused if such an enormous business was forced to shut down production.

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