Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Communications Michael Moynihan TD has called on Minister Alex White to make an immediate statement on yesterday’s decision by European Union Member States to delay the abolition of roaming charges until 2018.

Deputy Moynihan commented, “It seems clear that what has happened here is that the needs of mobile phone companies are being put ahead of consumers. This decision by EU Member States, which our government agreed to, sends the wrong message to consumers. This decision means that mobile phone users will now have to wait until 2018 at the very earliest to see the end of roaming charges when travelling abroad in the EU.

“The European Parliament last year approved a package which would have ended roaming charges altogether from December 2015. Unfortunately, the decision by Members States to kick the can down the road until 2018 will result in Irish consumers paying roaming fees for the next three years.

“I am calling on Minister White to make an immediate statement in the Dáil to explain why the government has decided to put the interests of the mobile phone companies before the needs of consumers.”