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Outcry as another gas firm hikes bills

ANOTHER gas and electricity provider, Airtricity, has confirmed it is to put up its prices next month.

It means gas price increases due next month from Bord Gais, Electric Ireland, and now Airtricity, are likely to add around €70 to the average annual household gas bill.

Electricity prices will also rise next month, putting further pressure on hard-pressed homeowners who already face dearer petrol and diesel prices, the household charge and increased school costs.

Last night, Fianna Fail Energy spokesman Michael Moynihan slammed the hikes.

"I am very, very concerned about the latest price increases from Airtricity. It puts further pressure on hard-pressed families, young and old, who are finding it extremely difficult to meet household bills."

He also questioned the role of the regulator in approving the price increases.

Airtricity said its prices will rise from October 15, with a 4.7pc rise for electricity and 8.5pc for gas customers.

The company has around 370,000 electricity and 110,000 gas customers. Customers who have difficulty paying bills and are on on pre-payment meters will not be affected.


The increases will result in an average weekly increase of €0.96 in electricity prices and an average weekly increase of €1.33 in gas prices for customers on Airtricity's lower cost standard tariffs, it added.

The Airtricity price increase had been expected after the CER approved a Bord Gais rise earlier this month. Age Action Ireland has described the price increases as "a huge blow to many older people".