Ireland faced a similar crisis over 50 years ago © Getty Images / Ron Sanford

Fuel rationing in Ireland “could be a reality in the autumn”, the nation’s EU commissioner Mairead McGuinness has warned, adding that the country is expected to face major energy risks in the coming months amid the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe.

“We’re trying to make sure that when it comes to increased energy risk in the autumn and winter that we’re ready for it,” McGuinness said in a Wednesday interview with the Irish Mirror.

The last time Ireland introduced petrol rationing happed during the oil crisis in the 1970s. Back then, the measure brought chaos at the pumps.

The EU has faced an energy crunch over the past months as member countries took steps to decrease Russian energy supplies after Moscow launched a military operation in Ukraine. (RT)