Micheál Martin does not expect fuel rationing to be needed this winter

The Taoiseach says the government does not expect at this stage that Ireland will be forced to ration fuel during the winter.

Micheál Martin was speaking in Cork today following a meeting of the Emergency Energy Group yesterday to discuss contingency plans for shortages caused by the war in Ukraine.

It’s believed petrol and diesel may have to be rationed in the worst case scenario, with certain filling stations for essential workers and other filling stations for the general public.

Speaking to RedFM News, Taoiseach Micheál Martin says Ireland has oil and gas reserves and the government will be monitoring the situation closely:

“We have to prepare for all eventualities but we do have reserves so at this stage we don’t anticipate that. The situation in relation to Russian supplies of gas in particular to Europe will be a matter of ongoing concern and impact. We are currently importing all of our gas from Norway and the United Kingdom and the global situation is very, very challenging, so we would plan for all eventualities.”

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