Petrol stations may have to ration fuel at the pumps for only essential workers if there are oil shortages this winter.

It's one of the contingency plans being looked at by the Government's emergency energy group.

It's meeting today to discuss how to deal with the worst-case-scenarios of low fuel stocks caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

According to the Irish Times emergency plans could also be formulated to guarantee fuel and electricity supplies to key industries like food and medicine producers.

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