An estimated 30,700 people in Donegal are suffering from fuel deprivation according to the trade union Unite.
The union has published a report this morning under the title "A Cold Christmas", showing what it says is a very serious nationwide problem.
The report says Donegal has the highest level of fuel deprivation, consistent with being the lowest-income county. The national average is 15.7% fuel poverty, with Donegal coming in at 19.5%.
Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly says the report's findings are based on CSO figures derived from a very simple question "Have you been unable to heat your home because you can't afford fuel at any point over the past 12 months?".
He says the answers received show action is needed.........
The report in full can be read here