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Fuel poverty - worst-off hit hardest: de Brún

25 September, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has backed calls from the European Parliament for concrete action to be taken to reverse rising energy prices and to protect the most vulnerable this winter.

From Brussels the MEP said:

"Already my colleague Martin McGuinness has come forward with detailed, realistic steps to protect our most vulnerable from rising gas, fuel and electricity prices. I am happy to see the European Parliament raising this issue in Brussels today as well. National and regional authorities need to urgently bring forward action plans before it's too late."

"Oil prices have dropped recently but this drop has not been passed onto consumers who rely on oil as their main source of heating. In the medium term a shift to renewable sources of energy coupled with increased energy efficiency will help protect ourselves from the inevitable swings in prices that come with reliance on fossil fuels but in the here-and-now concrete action is needed to relieve and eradicate fuel poverty." ENDS

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