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Labour turn the heat up on Sinn Féin

Posted on September 22, 2011

Speaking on the Dáil motion on the sale of a minority stake in the ESB, Labour deputies highlighted the utter hypocrisy of Sinn Féin.

In typical Sinn Fein 'doublespeak' they claim that this proposed minority sale, which we are committed to by way of a sovereign commitment in the EU/IMF deal, will result in the State losing its majority ownership of ESB. This is utter nonsense and is deliberately attempting to mislead the public.

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Marine & Natural ResourcesEnergyMichaelMcCarthyColmKeaveneyDerekNolan

Gilmore calls plans to rebrand ESB/Bord Gais at cost of €80m 'daft'

Posted on October 13, 2010

The proposed rebranding of ESB/Bord Gais came under fire from the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD this morning during Leaders' Questions. Gilmore was questioning the Taoiseach about fuel poverty and the Government's failure to publish its strategy on fuel poverty as promised for the end of 2009.

Gilmore said: "The Government will spend €40m on the ESB and Bord Gais each for putting up new nameplates, letterheads and for new advertising at a time when the country is short of money.

"Those monies would be better spent providing some assistance to those families who cannot meet their fuel bills. Those families are being switched off by the two suppliers in question which then charge them €200 to switch off and another €200 to be reconnected."

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Customer will foot the bill for ESB/Bord Gais plans for 'bling' rebranding

Posted on October 13, 2010

Last night Deputy Liz McManus proposed our motion seeking measures to tackle fuel poverty during Private Members' Motions in the Dáil.

The Government has promised action on fuel poverty but they have not delivered, Deputy McManus told the House.

"It has been estimated that around 60,000 Irish households live in persistent fuel poverty and a further 160,000 or so experience intermittent fuel poverty," she said.

Deputy McManus also questioned plans for the €80m rebranding of Bord Gais and ESB as customers are struggling to pay their bills.

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Marine & Natural ResourcesEnergyLiz McManus

Fuel poverty puts families at risk

Posted on May 15, 2008

Fuel Poverty Consultation - Deputy Liz McManus chairing our Fuel Poverty Consultation
Deputy Liz McManus chairing our Fuel Poverty Consultation

Today's Fuel Poverty Consultation was a great success. The Party Leader, Eamon Gilmore TD opened the session to a mixed audience which comprised of key representatives from across the energy and poverty sectors. (You can read Eamon's contribution in our media centre.)

The purpose of the Consultation was to discuss Labour's Fuel Poverty and Energy Conservation Bill 2008 which aims to commit the Minister for Energy to setting targets and implementing a strategy to address the rising problem of fuel poverty. At present it is estimated that up to 100,000 households experience real difficulty in heating their homes to an adequate, safe level.

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