Price freeze welcomed

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Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the move by Electric Ireland to freeze its prices until January 2014 but warned that more needs to be done to tackle fuel poverty.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the move by Electric Ireland to freeze its prices until January 2014 but warned that more needs to be done to tackle fuel poverty.

“A recent report by St Vincent de Paul showed annual domestic energy bills have risen by €500. Fuel poverty is an issue that this government needs to take seriously,” he said.

“Many people, especially those most marginalised in society are putting their health and safety at risk by attempting to reduce their energy bills. The government must have a frank discussion with energy companies to try and ensure that people do not suffer the harshest of the cold weather,” said Deputy Colreavy.