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Shut down unfair deep retrofit scheme after current applications – David Cullinane TD

19 August, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Responding to news today that the government is to reverse its position in relation to the deep retrofit scheme, Sinn Féin Climate Action spokesperson David Cullinane TD said once the current applications have been dealt with the government needs to shut the scheme down and establish a scheme to invest taxpayers’ money into the retrofitting of the public housing stock.

He said the scheme is designed to benefit high earners while ordinary people are disproportionately impacted by increased carbon tax.

Teachta Cullinane said;

“The deep retrofit scheme is a scheme that benefits only those who can afford to invest serious amounts of money into their homes. It is an example of how the government’s climate plan benefits the well off.

“The government has a completely unrealistic target of retrofitting 500,000 privately owned homes which would cost billions of euro of taxpayers’ money.

“All the while ordinary people will be disproportionately impacted by the increase in the carbon tax.  This is unacceptable.

“The government should not take any new applications for the deep retrofit scheme and it should shut down the scheme once the all the current applications have been dealt with.

“What we need to see from the government is a programme to retrofit the public housing stock and the introduction of new building regulations to ensure that all new builds are energy efficient.”

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