Ireland South MEPs clash over future of fuel allowance

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The fuel allowance will not end next winter if an EU resolution on climate change is passed.

That’s according to Ireland South Green Party MEP, Grace O’Sullivan.

The European Parliament will consider the resolution tomorrow ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in December.

Ms O’Sullivan has accused her fellow Ireland South MEP, Sean Kelly of being irresponsible and of scaremongering.

She says the resolution is about recognising that we are in a global climate crisis and a policy and timeline would be set out for phasing out the fuel allowance; it will be a slow process:

However, Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly says the resolution sets out that member states will have to integrate concrete policies, timelines and measures to phase out all direct and indirect fossil fuel subsidies by 2020.

The Kilcummin man, who has been involved in climate change strategy for the past five years, says everyone is in favour of decarbonising the economy: