Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
John McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
I wish to draw the Taoiseach's attention to what we spoke about earlier on, namely, the increase in energy and fuel costs and how it is affecting society and the economy. On one side, you have marginalised people and people on limited incomes who cannot afford to pay for the fuel for their houses. They are making choices, as was said earlier, between food or being warm. Outside the gates today are the hauliers. The cost to them has not seeped down yet but it will be passed on to the general economy and those who are availing of the transport of goods to and from Europe or around the country. Jobs will be affected and so will individuals' lives unless the Government intervenes to provide appropriate supports for those who need them, especially during Christmas, and thereafter to address in a radical way the cost of diesel for hauliers.