Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the government is looking at ways to reduce public transport costs as part of budget negotiations.
Ministers earlier this year agreed a 20 per cent reduction in public transport fares and Mr Martin has indicated that this reduction can be maintained or further reduced as a climate-friendly measure.
“You will remember that last time we reduced transport costs. Can we do it in such a way that we embed measures into the system that will benefit the climate in the long term, but also reduce costs for people?” he asked.
He said “cost-cutting” will be included in the budget, such as the drug payment scheme, which was reduced to €80 a month in an earlier cost-of-living package.
“In the last series of packages, we lowered the DPS to €80 as a threshold, which is above Sláintecare, and we lowered hospital admission fees,” he said.
“We will look at how we can reduce the costs.”
He said the one-time living allowance package will be funded by a surplus from Treasury receipts.
“If we can sustain economic activity at current levels then I think we are in a strong position to weather this.
“But the danger and the challenge is what’s happening to the European economy, what’s happening to the global economy in terms of this inflationary cycle,” Martin said.
The Taoiseach said it was “sound advice” to reduce electricity costs by using it off-peak.
A campaign to reduce energy demand was signed by senior ministers this morning.
“Advice is advice, obviously people have their own particular circumstances and that’s it. It’s worth having a perspective,” said Mr. Martin.
https://www.independent.ie/news/taoiseach-micheal-martin-confirms-cut-in-public-transport-fares-part-of-budget-talks-41969732.html Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirms cuts in public transport fares as part of budget talks