The Sinn Féin group of TDs attempted to have the announcement by Bord Gáis of an increase in the price it charges for electricity raised in the Dáil this afternoon. Ten TDs tabled requests under Standing Order 32 to have the business of the day suspended in order to have a debate on the issue and to elicit a response from the Minister responsible for the sector Pat Rabbitte.
The issue was also raised in the Seanad today by Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly.
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Energy, Martin Ferris TD said “I would remind both of the parties in Government that they strongly criticised An Bord Gáis for energy price increases when they were in opposition. They also promised to introduce measures to help those who find themselves in difficulties with gas and electricity bills.
“So far, they have done nothing in that regard, nor do they appear to have any strategy to ensure that public companies like Bord Gáis take into account the wider social costs of such increases.
“This is a major issue and I would call upon the Minister to intervene to have the increase rescinded and to reject the application to increase gas prices. A public company which made profits of €120 million should not be allowed to inflict this further hardship on many thousands of struggling households. We also need to see serious attempts to address the overall problem of fuel poverty.”