Debate on sky-high energy bills to take place today

SINN Féin will bring forward a motion calling on the government to intervene to reduce energy costs in the Dáil today.

Speaking ahead of the debate Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said now is the time for the government to act.

“Households continue to pay sky-high energy bills – with electricity and gas bills more than double what they were two years ago. The government made a conscious decision last month not to provide any meaningful support for households with their energy costs until October,” said Teachta Doherty.


“This was wrong. According to the CSO, households consume as much if not more electricity in the months of April, May and June as they do in October, November and December.

“Yet they will receive no support with these sky-high bills at a time when Saint Vincent de Paul reports that numbers unable to heat their homes more than doubled in 2022.

“It is reprehensible that energy companies are refusing to pass on significant savings made from wholesale electricity price reductions on to households.”

The party’s finance spokesperson said governments across Europe have made the decision to reduce and cap electricity prices which he said is a sensible measure.

“The government can and must act to cut energy costs now,” he added.

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