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Government must address fuel poverty crisis – Ó Snodaigh

24 March, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

For Immediate Release - 24th March 2011

Government must address fuel poverty crisis – Ó Snodaigh

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Government to take urgent action on the fuel poverty crisis which has seen thousands of families struggling to pay bills.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“2,500 households have had their gas and electricity cut off in the first two months of the year. 150,000 ESB customers are experiencing debt difficulties and 11,000 Bord Gáis households are currently at risk of disconnection.

“This is a crisis situation and one which is only going to get worse. Options like making a prepaid meter facility available to those who request it should be explored. This facility could and should be made available at no additional charge to families.

“Without urgent intervention thousands of families will find themselves without essential household fuels – this is the reality. The Government must take action now to address this crisis.”


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