ESB’s bumper profits create a hot potato for Government

State-owned power giant is handing the Exchequer a €327m dividend after hiking prices for households and small businesses

Geraldine Dolan of the Poppy Fields Cafe in Athlone, Co Westmeath, with an electricity bill for almost €10,000 last September. Photo: Tom O'Hanlon

John Mulligan

THE massive profits generated by the ESB are a political hot potato for the government.