Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Meals on Wheels Ballina was the subject of a Sky News report, which highlighted how energy bills are having a huge impact on their day-to-day services.

The charity based in the Ballina Community Centre has seen its bills increased by over €300 a month.

Stephen Murphy from Sky News interviewed Olive O’Donnell who said that service users are worried that they won’t be able to keep themselves warm through the winter, with the rising cost of energy.

He also speaks to 88-year-old Yorkshire native Helen O’Connor who avails of Meals on Wheels Ballina. Helen says she is wearing extra layers in her house as she is conscious of her energy bills and the environment.

Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District Cllr Mark Duffy shared a snippet of the report and praised the local charity.

“Well done to the Meals on Wheels Ballina team who helped highlight the cost of living issues that effect the most vulnerable in our community in an interview piece with Sky News this week,” he said.

“Our reliance on fossil fuels shows that we must double down our efforts to be energy independent in Ireland by maximising the renewable energy possibilities we have here.

“Our fossil fuel reliance is impacting lower income and vulnerable people in our community the most.

“Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers and organisations who help those most in need in our communities, especially during the colder winter months.”

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