Controversial €10 airport tax 'has a nice ring to it'
Published 02/12/2010 | 05:00
A SENIOR civil servant advocated retaining the controversial airport travel tax at €10 because it "has a nice ring to it" -- despite the European Commission questioning its legality, writes Jason O'Brien.
The Government last night confirmed the EC began legal proceedings in March.
The EC's concern is that the tax is charged at different rates depending on the length of the journey. A Department of Finance internal memo, dating from March, indicated there were no plans to abolish the tax, documents obtained by Ryanair under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.
"Introducing a single rate of tax, on a revenue neutral basis, would require a rate of around €9," Pat Murphy, a top officer in the department said. "But €10 has a nice ring to it."