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Colreavy welcomes committee decision to tackle energy prices

29 April, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, has welcomed the agreement by the Transport and Communications Committee to draft a report into gas and electricity prices in Ireland.

Deputy Colreavy said:

“Falling international oil prices have not been appropriately felt by households in their energy bills.

“Despite a significant drop in the price of oil on the international market, a proportional decrease in bills has not been seen by consumers.

“While there has been a reduction in prices introduced by some energy suppliers, the fact remains that Irish households pay among the highest in Europe for their electricity.

“This is a situation that places a burden on Irish families, and in the context of falling oil prices cannot be allowed to continue.

“Fuel poverty is an issue of serious concern in Ireland and a major contributing factor is high energy bills faced by households.

“Each winter, fuel poverty is responsible causing illness, and sometimes death, in vulnerable groups such as the elderly, lone parents and the unemployed.

“Fuel poverty puts households at serious risk of respiratory illnesses and cardiac disease.

“I welcome today’s move to address gas and electricity prices by the Transport and Communications Committee.” 

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