Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Michael Moynihan TD, says questions need to be asked of the energy regulator after the ESB reported six month profits of €230 million.
CORK Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan has lashed out at ESB Electric Ireland after it emerged that the utility company had introduced a new standing charge for customers who use low amounts of electricity.
Cllr Tynan described the new charge as “a crazy idea” which would hurt people on low incomes and he said the charge runs against worldwide agreements encouraging people to reduce their carbon footprints.
“This new charge”, said Cllr. Tynan, “will hit 100,000 low-usage customers of ESB Electric Ireland. These include people who live alone or who are forced to keep their electricity usage low for financial reasons.
CORK Worker’s Party councillor Ted Tynan, has said that the government’s decision to sell off a minority stake in the ESB was a “sell-out of workers and taxpayers by the Labour Party and a craven surrender to the diktats of the EU / IMF deal”.
Cllr Tynan said, “Far from being a solution to the country’s economic ills, the sale of a key stake in the state electricity company was another example of implementation of far-right policies that would further destabilise the country and put thousands of people out of work. [Read more...]
Cllr Buckley said, “As of today the energy market in Ireland is fully deregulated. I welcome the fact that the ESB Electric Ireland can now compete on a level playing field by being finally able to offer discounts, which they were prohibited from doing up to now.
CORK North Central Workers’ Party candidate, Cllr Ted Tynan has said that his canvassing team is coming across a significant number of family homes which have been disconnected by the ESB recently and he has described the electricity supplier’s actions as “callous and uncaring commerciality”.
Cllr Tynan was speaking after a meeting of Workers’ Party canvassers in Gurranabraher. He said that several of his team had reported coming across families whose electricity supply had been cut off because of problems paying off large bills that had been accumulated during the recent and ongoing cold weather.
Councillor O’Brien said, “The announcement by the utility companies that they will temporarily cease disconnections, as well as the decision by the Energy Regulator to halve the cost of reconnection, will be welcomed by thousands of hard-pressed families around the country.
CORK North Central TD Kathleen Lynch has called for a scrapping of the planned rebranding of Bord Gais and the ESB which is expected to cost €80 million and that this money be redirected to fight the current hardship being encountered by their customers.
The Labour TD was speaking in the Dáil last night on a Labour Party motion on fuel poverty.
LABOUR Party Town Councillor for Bandon, Gearóid Buckley has welcomed confirmation that the ESB intends to install at least one on-street charging post for electric vehicles in Bandon town.
Cllr Buckley said, “Bandon Town Council has received confirmation of this from the ESB e-cars team following my motion to last month’s Town Council meeting.
“The motion called on the ESB to consider Bandon as a location for one of its charging posts when rolling out its national electric vehicle infrastructure. I was delighted that the motion received the unanimous support of my Council colleagues and I am pleased by the very positive response from the ESB.