Over half of Irish firms behind on gas payments

Data from the energy regulator has found that almost a quarter of households are also in arrears

The arrears news comes just as the first price cuts in more than two years are due to take effect

New data from the energy regulator has found that 56 per cent of businesses that use gas in Ireland are behind on their gas bills.

The figures published by the Irish Independent, covering July to September, show that 15,500 businesses in the state are in arrears with the number behind more than double what it was for the previous quarter. Many of the businesses affected are in the catering and restaurant sectors.

The figures, which ...