With rising bills and a cost of living crisis, the government must follow other countries in imposing price caps on energy.
That’s according to Sinn Féin party leader Mary Lou McDonald, who believes more needs to be done to help people stay in Ireland and attract international talent.
Speaking of The Anton Savage ShowMcDonald said temporary price caps would Relieve families and workers this winter.
“The only way to deliver caps like that — and our proposal is to bring costs back to where they were in summer 2021 and cap them for a few months — the only way to do that is to do that,” Deputy McDonald said .
“The approach that was actually followed in the Netherlands last time, France did it, Austria did it, Poland did it.”
“It’s by no means just Sinn Féin.”
Despite this, the government slammed the proposalwith Treasury Secretary Paschal Donohoe describing the proposal as “completely inconsiderate” as it would be “the equivalent of writing a blank cheque”.
He said The Anton Savage Show today: “The money we have is the people’s money – money that we either collect in taxes now or that we will borrow for you in the future.”
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Thousands gathered in Dublin City today to protest against the rising cost of living.
Demands include caps on energy prices and rents, and the introduction of price controls on food.
A wage increase for workers is also needed, according to the Cost of Living Campaign.
Welcoming the protest, Representative McDonald said: “Energy costs are really at the heart of this cost of living crisis that is literally crippling families and businesses across the country and I really hope that thousands will be on the streets today making their voices heard.”
Sinn Féin believes a focus on managing the housing crisis is needed when it comes to the cost of living.
According to Deputy McDonald, more and more people are living in fear of losing their homes, while students can’t afford rent and potential employees are afraid to travel here to work.
This is a problem ‘if you want the best and brightest to come to Ireland’ and keep Dublin as ‘a true international hub for talent’.
“If we want our own people, especially our young people, to be raised to be energetic, ambitious and skilled – if we want them to stay here then they must have a place to live and at the heart of that is decent housing” , says she said.
Listen to the full conversation here.
The main image shows Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald outside the Ringsend Irishtown community center in Dublin. Image by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie