Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has criticised a 1.47% increase in tariffs for domestic gas customers announced today.
Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:
“The Commission for Energy Regulation have today announced that they have approved a 1.47% increase in gas bills for Bord Gáis Energy customers.
“In the current economic climate this is a retrograde step.
“Ireland has one of the highest levels in Europe of ‘excess deaths’ each winter due to fuel poverty.
“Many families face the dilemma of ‘food or fuel’ when faced with a limited budget.
“This is in a context of Ireland giving away its natural resources, such as the gas field off the coast of Mayo, for practically nothing.
“There is a very poor management of energy in Ireland, and government actions seem to favour industry instead of consumers.
“The sooner the government introduces a national strategy on energy, the better.
“All domestic energy prices should be frozen until such a plan is in place.”