Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources has welcomed the move by Electric Ireland to freeze its prices until
January 2014 but warned that more needs to be done to tackle fuel poverty.
"A recent report released by St Vincent de Paul showed that annual domestic energy bills have risen by €500.
"Fuel poverty is an issue that this government needs to take seriously.
"Many people, especially those most marginalised in society are putting their health and safety at risk by attempting to reduce their energy bills.
"As we approach the winter months many households will have to make difficult decisions whether to prioritise heat or other necessities.
"The government must have a frank discussion with energy companies to try and ensure that people do not suffer the harshest of the cold weather.
"There also needs to be a thorough debate on energy production and supply in Ireland and how best to utilise our renewable energy sources and offshore oil and gas to benefit Irish households."