SVP teams up with Electric Ireland to cancel electric bills

Electric Ireland has established a Covid Hardship Fund of €2 million to help alleviate the financial pressures of some of their customers who are in difficult circumstances because of the Covid crisis.

To ensure this support reaches those most in need as quickly as possible, Electric Ireland is partnering with MABS and the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), leveraging MABS’ and the SVP’s good name and relationships within the community and their experience of assessing need.

There is no time limit on the fund, it will end when the credit has been distributed.

Funding is available to Electric Ireland customers who have an electricity and/or gas account.

The payment will be in the form of a credit against the customer’s account and this credit will be used against the customer’s usage and cannot be refunded as a cash amount.

Credit can also be provided for Electric or Gas ‘Pay as You Go’ (PAYG) metres.

Customers must be an Electric Ireland customer for at least 12 months and customers who are not in arrears may also receive help from the fund, if it’s obvious that a credit on their next bill/PAYG credit will help make monies available for other important items – education, food, etcetera.

Only one credit can be provided per household and Electric Ireland has systems in place to ensure there will be no duplication of requests between SVP and MABS.

The SVP volunteers in Castlebar are delighted with this opportunity to bring warmth and light to the homes of those struggling in these darkened times.

For further information call Castlebar SVP on 094 902 3207 (10am-1pm) and for other areas visit