Roscommon-Galway TD Claire Kerrane has urged the government to take immediate action to help people affected by rising fuel costs.
The Sinn Féin TD hand-delivered to the Taoiseach’s office the personal stories submitted to her party’s cost of living survey, which saw over 10,000 people sharing their experiences of spiralling fuel costs.
Speaking today, Deputy Kerrane thanked everyone who took the time to share their story.
“The government has insisted that they will not act on this crisis until October, but it’s clear that people can’t wait,” she said.
“The cost of living crisis is urgent and people need help now. This government continually acts too late and it isn’t good enough.”
The personal stories submitted to the survey include:
“We have to drive to and from CHI Crumlin as our daughter is undergoing treatment for cancer. This rise in fuel costs has doubled our cost of travel. We can’t use public transport as her immune system is drastically compromised.”
“I am a single mum of a sick 8-month-old, sitting in the freezing cold unable to order oil due to the price of it.”
“As a college student, some days I simply cannot afford to drive to college and so I am missing out on important lectures, which is obviously affecting my grades.”
Deputy Kerrane said people need help, and that they need it now. “I accept that the government cannot do everything, but they can do more,” she said.
“They must cut the cost of energy and fuel. They must go further still, but that would be a good start.”