Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has criticised the increase in gas prices by Bord Gáis.
Speaking following an announcement that Bord Gáis are to increase gas bills by over 2%, Deputy Colreavy said:
“As we approach winter this is not good news for those who are already struggling to meet domestic bills.
“The elderly, unemployed, lone parent families and others on the margins are certain to feel the brunt of this price increase.
“Fuel poverty is an issue that must be taken seriously in Ireland and this price increase will do nothing to alleviate the problems that many people face, especially during the winter months.
“It is an issue that the government must take action on and must engage with volunteer and non-profit organisations.
“Government must also tackle the continuously increasing gas prices.
“The price increase does not make sense, especially in a time when Bord Gáis is a profitable company.
“The company’s annual financial report for 2012 outlined that they are performing well despite the recession.
“More must be done by Bord Gáis to relieve the burden from households and struggling families.”