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Alternative energy would help protect Irish consumers from international fuel price-hikes

22 May, 2004

Sinn Féin North-West EU candidate Pearse Doherty commenting as OPEC oil producers met in Amsterdam today to discuss the soaring price of petrol, said that the current fuel situation "highlights the need for the Irish Government to properly invest in alternative energy sources for the people of this country."

Mr Doherty said:

"This week householders in Ireland were told that ESB was increasing the price of electricity, because of rising fuel prices. Car owners already have to deal with increasing prices at petrol stations. The people of Ireland wouldn't have to deal with these ever-increasing expenses, if the Government got its act together and properly invested in an alternative, environmentally friendly energy source.

"Ireland is failing to meeting the targets set under the Kyoto Treaty, and in 2003 was named as one of the worst offenders in Europe for not reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We have to start looking at producing safe, clean energy. If we remain dependent on outside sources for energy, we will always be subject to marketing trends, which at the moment seem to be spiraling upwards." ENDS

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