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Ireland: Elderly In Fear Of Winter Fuel Poverty

Many elderly Clare people face a cold winter ahead as the introduction of a carbon tax could plunge pensioners into fuel poverty. That’s the view of north Clare councillor Martin Conway (FG), who believes that there is a growing fear among the county’s elderly population of a cold winter to come.

“The introduction of a carbon tax in May of this year has caused huge worry and upset for many older people who will face higher heating bills this winter. Action must be taken to address the problem of fuel poverty before the colder weather sets in. I have met a number of elderly people, in particular people living in rural parts of County Clare who feel isolated enough already, who are most anxious and worried about increased fuel bills going into the winter months” he said.

Clare People, 18 August 2010