Speaking from Monaghan today the Sinn Féin EU Midlands North West candidate, Cllr Matt Carthy, has called on the government to abandon its plans to double the carbon tax on May 1st.
Cllr Carthy said:
“On the 1st May the Government is due to double the carbon tax which will increase the price of a bag of coal by €1.20. Travelling around the Midlands North West constituency I have talked to many people who are concerned about the impact of this price hike on those who are already struggling to meet fuel costs. This will worsen the fuel poverty crisis.
“Last week I met with the Managing Director of Arigna Fuels in County Roscommon, who outlined his concerns at the impact of this hike on retailers. Even prior to this proposed increase, the difference in costs north and south is pushing people across the border to buy fuel.
“If this hike comes into effect on May 1st significantly more people will go north for their fuel. This will be bad for retailers but it will also be bad news for the exchequer. For those who cannot travel it will mean less money in their budget to allow them to keep warm and to feed their families. The reality is that lower income families are more likely to have solid fuel heating systems and therefore this is essentially an extra tax on them.
“For the sake of the vulnerable and elderly, for the sake of the economy and for the sake of retailers, in the border region and beyond, I am calling on the government to abandon its plans to double the carbon tax on May 1st.”