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‘Government TDs block crucial Dail debate on energy security’ says Rural Independents

Rural TDs have hit out at the government for blocking a debate on the energy crisis from taking place in the Dáil.  

“83 TDs vote to block an emergency energy security debate, proposed by the Rural Independent TDs, despite government energy policies causing a severe energy crunch, pushing up inflation, and creating enormous uncertainty about Ireland’s economic future,” group leader Mattie McGrath said.

“On day one of the Dáil returning after recess, it is despicable for a government that fails to provide energy security to blatantly vote to block a crucial debate on Ireland’s energy security,” he said.

The Tipperary TD said that there was “no guarantee that the lights will be kept on in Irish homes this winter”, adding that it was “grotesque and completely tone-deaf for FF, FG, and Green party TDs, together with five regional independents to purposefully vote to block an emergency Dáil debate on Ireland’s energy security.”

He said that Ireland is now categorised as the most energy insecure country in Europe.

“Voting to block such a debate gives the proverbial finger to the energy crisis and its impact on families, at a time when our energy security and policy are worse than at any time since independence. We simply do not have the energy we need and are forced to take what we can get and pay exorbitant prices for it,” Deputy McGrath said.

“Perhaps it is little wonder that the government would block a debate and limit scrutiny on their fantasy-style green energy policies, which are built on the hopes that the wind will blow strong this winter, rather than accept the reality that around 87 percent of all our energy stems from fossil fuels.”

“That is why, I have been demanding an urgent Dáil debate on energy security, supply, and price, in my capacity as a member of the Dáil’s Business committee. The government has resisted this debate at every turn, despite their policies moving the country blindly towards rationing of energy.”

“This government’s failed ideological approach of putting all our eggs into one basket, namely renewables, is causing serious ramifications for the entire country. Thus, the energy policy direction taken by this, and previous governments, has made blackouts much more likely this winter.”

“Take, for instance, this government’s stance against coal generation, the importation of liquid natural gas, future oil and gas exploration off our coast, and the burning of one of our indigenous fuel supplies – turf.”

“Be under no illusion, all of these policy decisions, for narrow politically induced reasons, have reduced our ability to have a much-needed broad mix of energy generation options available, at the lowest possible price for the consumer.”

“If the lights go out this winter, it is the government’s policies that will be the cause. They will righty be unforgiven. Blocking a Dáil debate on energy security amid a national emergency is completely unforgivable,” concluded Deputy Mc Grath.

 

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