Fine Gael Dublin South East Senator, Catherine Noone, has said that a proper debate is needed about whether it’s appropriate for Bord Gáis to take over sponsorship of the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin at a time when the company is hiking up bills for its customers.
“I think it’s unfair that when Bord Gais are raising their prices and penalising their customers with higher bills, they are spending millions of euro buying up the naming rights to the Grand Canal Theatre.
“I attempted to raise this issue in the Seanad this week, but I was ruled out of order. While I naturally welcome sponsorship of the arts, I think this form of sponsorship should be reconsidered and this issue needs to be discussed in full. We are, after all, talking about a semi-state company here.
“I think the motives of Bord Gáis need to be challenged. How can the company justify spending a reported €6 million on sponsorship and advertising, and at the same time demand higher prices from the customers? Considering Bord Gáis is a semi-state company, I think the Government needs to look at whether it can hold any sway over this decision. We cannot countenance a situation where a semi-state company can hike up prices and push more of its customers into arrears, while spending millions on a sponsorship deal.”