A retailer in Ireland is facing a €20,000 energy bill, and says they just sat and cried when they saw it.

A retailer in Ireland is facing a €20,000 energy bill, and says they just sat and cried when they saw it.

Roscommon supermarket owner and employer of 35 people, Annie Timothy, reacted when she saw her September bill from Electric Ireland.

Annie Timothy is the owner of a supermarket in Roscommon, Ireland. She was shocked when she saw her latest electricity bill from Electric Ireland. The bill was for €20,882.59 for one month. This amount is due on 17 September by direct debit.

The amount? €20,882.59 for one month. Due on 17 September by direct debit.

This is not the first time that Annie has seen an increase in her electricity bills. The monthly electricity bills to run the shop on the edge of Roscommon town have been skyrocketing since last January. Annie says she and the other retailers she has spoken to, all of whom are in similar situations, now need help from the Government.

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Annie says she and the other retailers she has spoken to, all of whom are in similar situations, now need help from the Government.

The monthly electricity bills to run the shop on the edge of Roscommon town have been skyrocketing since last January.

Annie says that, for her and the other retailers she has spoken to who are in similar situations, the only way out is with help from the Government.

In January of this year, my electric bill was €2,700. I thought it was high, but I didn't think too much of it because it's winter and we all know that energy costs go up in the winter. But then my bill for February came, and it was €3,200. And then March was €3,800. I just couldn't believe it.

I called Electric Ireland and they said that there had been an increase in energy costs and that's why my bill was so high. But they wouldn't give me any more information than that. So I started doing some research and I found out that the government-owned utility had been increasing its prices by an average of 10% for small businesses like mine across the country.

As a result of these increases, my monthly electricity bill has now reached €20,000. And I'm not the only one - I've spoken to other small business owners who are in similar situations. We're all struggling to make ends meet and we can't keep our businesses afloat if we have to pay these kinds of bills every month.

We need help from the Government - without it, many of us will be forced to close our doors for good.

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The CEO of the Convenience Store and Newsagents Association says the situation is the same for small shops right across the country.

Vincent Jennings said that businesses can't sustain an extra €60,000 or €120,000 in the year.

Subsection 3.2 Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar has promised that the Government will intervene to help businesses with energy costs, help that will be revealed on Budget day in two weeks' time.

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