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Ferris proposes safeguards against electricity privatisation

14 February, 2007

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD, will today propose a series of amendments to a Bill designed to bring about the creation of an All Ireland electricity market. Among the amendments is one which proposes that, ' further privatisation of electricity generation or supply takes place when the Single Market comes into effect.'

The Kerry North TD said: "I very much welcome the creation of an all island electricity market but we cannot ignore the fact that certain interests are arguing that the ESB should follow the same path as the former public provider in the North which has been privatised. There is substantial evidence to indicate that this has not been in the interests of consumers and therefore that the same thing ought not be allowed happen to the ESB."

Deputy Ferris has also tabled a number of amendments calling for statutory representation of trade unions and of consumers on the regulatory body to be set up to oversee the creation of the single market.

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