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'Thousands sign petition demanding end to ESB’s exploitative practices' - Ellis

8 September, 2010

Speaking at a protest outside ESB headquarters today Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Dessie Ellis called on the ESB to end its practice of cutting off customers who are making genuine efforts to pay their bills and to abolish the disconnection charge.

Councillor Ellis said the campaign against the ESB’s practices is picking up pace as he handed in nearly 1,500 signatures from the Finglas and Ballymun areas alongside thousands more from around the state.

Councillor Ellis said:

“The actions of the ESB over the past number of months have been despicable. Cutting off power for families that are struggling in the current economic climate is a disgraceful way for any company let alone a semi-state company to act.

“Sinn Féin is fully supportive of the campaign to stop the ESB cutting off customers who are making genuine attempts to pay their bills and for the abolishment of the disconnection fee.

“The campaign is gaining momentum and today thousands of signatures from concerned citizens were handed into ESB headquarters demanding an end to these practices.

“Among those signatures were nearly 1,500 from the people of Finglas and Ballymun who have been very supportive of this campaign as the local Sinn Féin Cumann has rolled it out across the constituency.

“The Government needs to take control of the situation at the ESB. We cannot allow these exploitative practices to carry on. The Irish people are already suffering the consequences of this Government’s policies. We cannot allow a semi-state company to take advantage of the situation.” ENDS

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