Deputy Pauline Tully (SF).

Arrears and disconnection figures spike - Tully

Arrears and disconnection figures spike as households in Cavan-Monaghan struggle with energy costs.

New figures provided by the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) reveal that there are now more than 400,000 households in arrears across the state.

Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Pauline Tully said households are under “huge pressure” because of the cost-of-living crisis.

“They need help, and they need it now,” she said.

Between February and May there has been an increase of over 10% in the number of households in arrears (364,131 to 405,997), many of which are in Cavan-Monaghan.

“Behind these staggering figures are the ordinary workers and families who are facing the deeply distressing situation of being unable to afford to live in rip-off Ireland.

“Due to the actions of this government, there is no light at the end of the tunnel,” contended Deputy Tully, who claims that energy costs have more than doubled in the last two years in Ireland.

“This is on top of people in Cavan and Monaghan already coming under huge pressure due to sky high rents, rising mortgage interest, huge grocery costs and childcare bills.

“The Government must get to grips with this deteriorating situation urgently,” Deputy Tully called.

“Without urgent and appropriate intervention, ordinary workers and families in Cavan and Monaghan will continue to suffer,” concluded the Sinn Féin TD.