June 24, 2024
Sinn Féin launches 5-point plan to tackle Ireland’s rip-off electricity prices – Darren O’Rourke TD 
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action and the Environment, Darren O’Rourke TD, has called on the government to adopt Sinn Féin’s 5-point plan to address Ireland’s run-away electricity costs. 

Launching the package of measures, which will be debated in the Dáil tomorrow evening, the Meath East TD said:

“Government inaction and incompetence is at the heart of Ireland’s rip-off electricity costs. 

“They have completely failed to get to grips with the chaos in Ireland’s energy markets. 

“Ireland’s electricity costs far outsrip the European average, with Irish households paying a staggering €700 more. 

“Arrears levels are sky-rocketing. Energy poverty is through the roof. For this government, the affordability of energy is anything but a priority. 

“The government’s ‘once-off’, sticking plaster measures are not good enough.  We need a seismic shift towards real, sustainable change for good.

“People need a Government that will take decisive and permanent action in order to reduce bills and ease the burden of the ongoing cost of living crisis for ordinary workers and families.

“This week, the Dáil will debate Sinn Féin’s five-point plan to take control and bring the much needed relief for ordinary workers, houses and businesses. 

“The corporate balance sheet has been a priority for far too long. It is time for this to change.

“The challenges faced by households up and down the country underscore the need for urgent reform of the energy system. 

“The government parties have been asleep at the wheel for far too long. Sinn Féin’s proposals offer an alternative path forward through market restructuring and standing up to big business.

“We also need a fairer retrofitting plan that translates scarce resources where they are most needed.

“We must also ensure our natural resources are translated into national wealth for all via enhanced domestic and public ownership. 

“With these proposals, we can take decisive action to alleviate the financial strain on households and ensure a more equitable and sustainable energy future for all.

“This is the type of change that a Sinn Féin government would deliver.”

The text of Sinn Féin’s PMB can be read here.

Sinn Féin’s five-point plan to reduce electricity prices can be read here

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