Sinn Féin’s EU candidate for the Midlands Northwest constituency, Matt Carthy, has said that time is running out for the government to scrap their plans to double the Carbon Tax.
The hike will kick in on the 1st May.
Carthy called on the government, 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, to abandon its plans to increase this tax.
Cllr Carthy said:
“In just over a month the Government is due to double the carbon tax which will increase the price of a bag of coal by €1.20.
“Hardpressed people across the Midlands North West constituency are seriously concerned about the impact of this price-hike on those who are already struggling to meet fuel costs.
“If Fine Gael and Labour go ahead with this hike 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.
“Time is running out. 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.”