Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the imposition yesterday of a HGV Levy on road hauliers based in the 26 counties and driving through the north as “short sighted and economically imprudent.”
The Louth TD has accused the British government of placing its own economic self-interest above those of the people of the north and of the island of Ireland.
Teachta Adams said: “This levy raises money that will go into the British exchequer. It will be of no benefit to the citizens of the north and it will negatively impact on the growing cross border trade that currently generates £2.3 billion in economic activity each year.”
Gerry Adams said:
“There is significant potential to enhance the existing all island economy and create new jobs. Local businesses are already looking to expand and identify new markets on the island. This decision is a retrograde step and Sinn Féin will continue to argue against this damaging levy.”