Photo credit: @floracrowe on Twitter

Clare supermarket receives eye-watering €20k electricity bill

A supermarket owner in Co. Clare has taken to social media to highlight her astonishing electricity bill, as the energy crisis continues to spiral out of control.

Flora Crowe, who helps to run the family-owned Crowe’s Gala Supermarket and Bakery in Co. Clare, received a €6,500 energy bill towards the end of 2021, which rose to €8,000 by the year’s end.

However, now a year later, the figure is very different.

“How’s your day going?” Crowe asked on Twitter, as she posted a photo of her €20,803.41 energy bill from Bord Gáis.

Many people reacted strongly to the post, with Independent Tipperary Councillor Séamie Morris asking “Oh my God – how are businesses going to stay open?”

“Dear God, that is surreal,” said another user.

Yet another said how the figure was “absolutely shocking and totally unsustainable for a small business owner.”

Additionally, Dave Coughlan, who works with a manufacturing plant, posted his business’ gas bill, which amounted to an astonishing €131,876.

Despite these shocks, more bad news may be on the way for Irish businesses, with Cillian O’Donoghue, director of policy at Eurelectric, telling an Oireachtas committee meeting earlier this year that the energy crisis may not just last this winter, but next winter as well.

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