EU leaders agreed on Monday to embargo most Russian oil imports into the bloc by the end of the year as part of new sanctions on Moscow.
The compromise was made at a two-day summit focused on helping Ukraine with a long-delayed package of new financial support.
The embargo covers Russian oil brought in by sea, allowing a temporary exemption for imports delivered by pipeline.
Elderly rights activist Paddy O’Brien has called for the fuel allowance season to be extended as he said many elderly people are “living in damp, cold houses so they’re using a lot of fuel”.
Don Murray, the president of Cork City’s oldest charity, the Sick Poor Society, is encouraging people to get in touch with the organisation if they are experiencing hardship.