Proposals which could add 3c/L to diesel prices slammed as 'an attack on rural Ireland'
Proposals for a 50pc hike in carbon tax, which is among the measures proposed to transform Ireland to a low-carbon economy, has been heavily criticised by one rural TD.
The revelation around the proposed hike was contained in a briefing note prepared for Government which sets out a range of options which could be brought in to reduce use of fossil fuels and move to a 'green' economy.
Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice said such a proposal would unfairly penalise people living in rural areas of the country.
"Raising carbon taxes by 50pc will increase the price of a litre of diesel and petrol, the price of a bag of coal and the price of a bale of briquettes, and that's only the start of it.
“There are further plans to introduce new restrictions in agriculture, transport, and power generation in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.
“There are also proposals to reduce the speed limits on motorways and to cut down on the number of free car parking spaces available in the bigger cities and towns around the country.
“Obviously people who live in rural Ireland have not been thought about when these proposals were mooted," he said.
Fitzmaurice says in many rural areas there is no proper public transport and the vast majority of people have to use their cars to get to work every day and to go about their daily business.