Winter of discontent on the horizon as energy prices will bring chaos to homes and businesses.” Michael Collins

Government has repeatedly failed to apply a series of fiscal and regulatory burden-sharing measures to energy suppliers such as the ESB, despite EU suggestions that states can and should avail of such steps to ease the price pressures on homes and businesses.

That was the view put forward by Independent TD for Cork-South West, Michael Collins, during a Dáil debate on the Government’s Electricity Costs (Domestic Electricity Accounts) Emergency Measures and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022.

Deputy Collins also launched a blistering attack on Government backbench TD’s, including those from Cork-South West, who he said were directly responsible for passing, and continuing to endorse, punitive legislative measures such as the carbon tax while at the same time decrying the rising costs for businesses and households:

“On average households are set to experience annual combined bills for electric and gas of €6,000 next year if the current rate of increase continues,” said Deputy Collins.

“This is not just going to create a hardship which can be offset by a couple of tokenistic €200 vouchers; no, it is going to bring chaos to the personal and business finances of the majority of people in the state, including our schools.”

“Government has the power to tackle this problem at source at least with respect to the ESB in which it has a 95% shareholding.”

“The reality is however that although it has the power it lacks the will.”

“It prefers instead to apply a kid-gloves approach to the major suppliers while applying the wooden spoon to ordinary homes and businesses by asking them to implement so-called energy reducing actions that are completely unworkable. It does this while presiding over a Warmer Homes Scheme that is mired in delays.”

 

“People need to see radical ambition on this issue from Government not half-steps, mis-steps and stumbling around in the dark looking for solutions which are right there in front of its face,” concluded Deputy Collins.

 

 

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