Wexford TD slams coalition parties for failing to support cap on the unit price of electricity
Independent TD for Wexford Verona Murphy has criticised the main coalition parties who abstained on the vote on a Private Members Motion on energy security in the Dáil last night.
118 members of the Dáil, including Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Green Party, Sinn Fein, Labour, Social Democrats, abstained on the vote put forward by the Regional Group of Independent TDs.
Speaking from Leinster House, the Wexford Deputy said: “It is incredible that so many members failed to exercise their vote and did not support the very reasoned set of proposals we put forward in our motion to help alleviate the cost of energy and energy security crisis.
"It is now very evident that the TDs elected to represent their constituents have more interest in bickering and populist outbursts than working to provide real solutions to struggling and distraught families who face into a winter of untold worry and hardship. 118 TDs are playing politics at this very crucial time”.
The Independent TD continued: “It is the failings of government which have us in part where we are today, and it will be the continued failings of government and opposition that leaves us perilous to an unreliable energy supply and blackouts along with soaring energy costs”.
She said Government accepted the motion last week and laid no amendments yet, when asked to endorse it and offer real answers to the ongoing energy crisis, they chose not to vote.
"Real leadership is evidently not a trait in Leinster House. We have heard so much discussion and debate, but sadly it is now proven to be all talk and no action. When solutions are brought forward, they are ignored”.
The deputy said real solutions include setting a national cap on the unit price of electricity, establishing an energy support scheme for businesses, reopening 250 megawatts Midland power plants in Lanesboro and Shannonbridge to burn biomass, temporarily re-powering Derrybrien wind farm and many more solutions.
"They were all knocked on the head through the indifference of 118 TDs who abdicated their responsibility to their constituents last night.”