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Ó Snodaigh calls for full investigation into alleged Bord Gáis poaching of customers from ESB

23 November, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called for a full investigation into reports that sales representatives from Bord Gáis have been poaching customers from the ESB.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking today after hearing reports that at least one sales rep from An Bord Gáis has been asking customers to sign a form under the false pretence that it simply states that he called to the door. However, it has been revealed that the form in question is actually a confirmation of the customer’s wish to switch to the Bord Gáis service.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“There must be a full investigation into the reports of customer poaching on the part of An Bord Gáis to ensure that this practice is not taking place up and down the Country. Bord Gáis has been publicly bragging about the numbers of people switching to their service in recent weeks. We need to ensure that their figures have not been boosted by fraudulent practices.

“The fact that we have two semi-state companies competing with each other is a ludicrous situation resulting from the privatisation policies of successive Fianna Fáil led Governments.

“The Government must seriously consider re-establishing a single, fully public state energy provider to ensure the best possible service to all the people at the best possible value for money.” ENDS

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