Warning over tampering with gas meters

Warning over tampering with gas meters

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Gas Networks Ireland has issued a warning to any person who interferes with a gas metre following a recent court conviction in Ennis.

The company has welcomed a verdict in the case of an Ennis woman who was recently convicted of unlawfully interfering with a gas meter.

The defendant, with an address on the outskirts of Ennis, convicted of the offence by Judge Aeneas McCarthy at Ennis District Court last Friday.

Judge McCarthy issued a fine of €500 and directed the accused to pay costs of €250 for the cost of the damaged meter.

Owen Wilson, Networks Safety Manager for Gas Networks Ireland, said: “This verdict sends out an important message to the public that meter tampering is a serious crime with potentially deadly consequences.

Fraud is a very serious issue, but far more serious is the risk to life that meter tampering poses to the perpetrator and to people nearby. We are working to end unlawful interference with gas meters and the dangers associated with this activity”

Ennis Court House - © Pat Flynn 2015
The woman was fined €500 and ordered to pay €250 for the damaged meter – © Pat Flynn 2015

“Gas customers should only ever allow a Registered Gas Installer (RGI) to work on their gas boiler or gas meter. Rogue contractors can make seemingly attractive offers, but the dangers involved, in letting someone who is not registered and qualified to do the work, are very real. Anyone who agrees to allow someone who is not a registered gas installer to work on their gas installations are risking their own lives, those of their families and of the people living nearby,” Mr Wilson added.

Gas Networks Ireland has detected almost 1500 cases of meter tampering across the country since 2014.

Members of the public are asked to report any suspicions of meter tampering to Gas Networks Ireland in strict confidence by calling 1850 200 694. Further information is available at www.gasnetworks.ie/metertampering.

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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