Cost of living crisis sees people 'choose heat or food' –

Ireland has a “cost of living crisis”, Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy has said, saying those who are struggling are being forced to choose between heating their home and putting food on the table.

The “huge” price hikes in the cost of food, transport, energy and insurance means that small increases in things like the minimum wage have been “eaten-up by inflation”.

Deputy Murphy said it was “frankly insulting” that the Government was “patting itself on the back” about its policies when set against the fact that families are facing a projected €1,300 increase in energy costs this year alone.

In the Dáil, she accused the Government of “tinkering around the edges” with its budgetary tax policy and said the 30 cent increase in the minimum wage had been “decimated” by inflation.

In reply, the Tánaiste said he accepted that the cost of living “is rising very fast” and the

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