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€10 increase in Carbon Tax ‘not fair or just’ – Cullinane

17 July, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment, Communications, and Climate Action David Cullinane TD has described proposals in a Department of Finance document to increase the carbon tax by €10 per tonne as “unfair and unjust”. 

The Waterford TD said that alternatives are clearly not available to most working families and increasing the carbon tax punishes the majority to benefit a minority of higher income earners. 

Speaking tonight, Deputy Cullinane said:

“The transition to a zero-carbon economy has to be fair and just. The immediate priority must be to marshal the resources of the state to invest in alternatives such as better and more efficient public transport, reducing the cost of hybrid and electric cars and the associated infrastructure, and skilling up apprentices to roll out home retro-fit programmes. 

“The vast majority of families do not have the means to purchase a new car nor the resources to invest in home adaptions. They need to be supported and not punished with increased taxes. 

“Sinn Féin is not against carbon taxes so long as the alternatives for families exist. For most in rural Ireland, public transport is non-existent. 

“Increasing carbon taxes without significant investment in public transport is a tax on those towns and commuters without access to public transport. Sinn Féin will continue to work for a fair and a just transition and not one where the hardworking majority face increased taxes to benefit those who can afford to make expensive lifestyle changes.” 

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