Dáil debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

 

1:02 pm

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)

The protests outside by hauliers are just the latest manifestation of the huge problems large numbers of working people, people on lower incomes, hauliers, taxi drivers and many others are having with the cost of living and the cost of energy and fuel. The Taoiseach asked that we give some suggestions. We have given suggestions. Under section 61 of the Consumer Protection Act 2007, the Government can issue an emergency order and control the price of energy and fuel. It should do that. That is what is required to deal with these price hikes that are devastating people's ability to go to work or heat their homes as we enter into the coldest period of the year. Will the Government introduce caps and controls to reduce the price of energy and fuel?

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