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Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton announces Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference

October 7 2019

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today announced his endorsement of Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Conference which will be held in Croke Park Conference Centre on 21st October 2019. He made his comments when he met representatives from Energy Action and leading energy providers at a pop-up Energy Café event hosted by Energy Action in Dublin 1 today.

Minister Bruton said: “I am determined to implement policies that can help people in fuel poverty to have warmer and more energy efficient homes. Over time these policies will empower people to cut their energy bills and reduce the fuel they consume thereby making a contribution to a cleaner, healthier environment.

The CEO of Energy Action Brian McSharry said: “Energy Action has been advocating on behalf of people living in fuel poverty for three decades. Over 360,000 households in Ireland live in fuel poverty, unable to heat or power their homes adequately. This has a serious impact on peoples’ health and wellbeing. The theme of this year’s Conference is community collaboration and the role that communities can play in helping to alleviate fuel poverty”. Energy Action acknowledged the continued support of Bord Gais Energy, Electric Ireland and SSE Airtricity for this year’s Conference on the 21st October.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD will deliver the opening address at the Conference and speakers at this year’s conference include Tricia Keilthy, Head of Social Justice St Vincent de Paul; Sorcha Edwards, Secretary General of Housing Europe and Paul Kenny, CEO Tipperary Energy Agency.


Editor’s Note: Energy Action CLG is a Dublin based charity that provides home insulation at no cost to vulnerable people. The service is provided under SEAI’s Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme and funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Energy Action has insulated over 34,000 homes since it was established in 1989. Energy Action also advocates on behalf of people living in fuel poverty and hosts annual fuel poverty conferences to help raise and maintain awareness of the problem. This years Conference takes place on 21st October at Croke Park Conference Centre.