Supporters of FINE Gael have called for the suspension of the plan to increase the carbon tax and further cut the excise tax at a separate meeting.
Special cuts to the 20c excise tax on petrol and 15c on diesel are being agreed by the Government and voted on through the Dáil on Wednesday, the Fine Gael MP party heard the call from TDs and at least one senator for the Coalition to go further to meet the electricity bill.
Former Minister John Paul Phelan said the Government needed to explain now that the planned increase in the Carbon tax in the Budget later this year would be suspended because of the current unprecedented situation.
By law, the carbon tax will increase by €7.50 per year until the end of the decade until it reaches €100 per ton as part of measures to tackle climate change.
Mr Phelan’s appeal was echoed by Cork-based senator Tim Lombard, who called for the increase to take effect after October’s budget was suspended for this year. Lombard said such a measure was needed to support freighters and the agricultural industry.
Meanwhile, Clare TD Joe Carey says freighters and the farming industry need a better deal and the excise tax cut initiative announced today by the Government is “too late”. “.
However, the meeting was told by Social Protection and Rural Affairs Secretary Heather Humphreys that there is no room for further cuts in fuel excise unless there is an agreement at the European level. .
She described this as a wartime measure and said the State is currently at a minimum that the excise tax cannot be lower.
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was not at the meeting because he was on a Saint Patrick’s Day visit to Latin America. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney was also absent while he was attending a meeting of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is dealing with the effective Finance Bill on excise tax cuts in Dong Dáil.
Ms. Humphreys told the meeting that today’s critics of fuel cuts would always take the same negative approach to every measure taken by Fine Gael to reduce the cost of living.
Regarding the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland, Ms. Humphreys said a coordinated approach among all Government agencies is needed to work with people fleeing war.
The Fine Gael meeting said there was a requirement for ongoing communication from the Government for all stakeholders in response to the plight of incoming refugees.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/fine-gael-tds-want-planned-carbon-tax-increases-suspended-and-call-for-further-cuts-to-excise-duty-41429530.html Fine Gael TDs wants to suspend planned carbon tax increase and call for more excise tax cuts