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Government must oppose gas price increase – McDonald

28 July, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has described the proposed 22% increase in gas prices as a retrograde step that will have a disproportional affect those on low and middle incomes.

Deputy McDonald said the least well off are being hit from every angle with increased prices, new charges and cuts in wages.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

“The news of the proposed gas price increase today came just as the government was announcing changes to the JLCs that will be disastrous for the lowest earners in our society.

“It also comes in a week when the government announced its Household Charge.

“Since this government took power the least well off have been hit from every angle with increased prices, new charges, cuts in wages and cuts in public services.

“This government needs to realise the many people in today’s Ireland are at breaking point and need to be protected from such things as gas price increases.

“Figures released just yesterday showed that 1,300 gas and electricity a month are being cut off so how can people be expected to absorb this extra cost? The answer is that many of them simple won’t be able to.

“The government cannot stand by and let this happen. The regulator is to make a final decision at the end of August after a consultation process. The government should oppose the increase.” ENDS

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