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Sunday 20 August 2017

Varadkar and Ryanair clash over €3 travel tax reporters

A row has erupted between Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and Ryanair over the €3 travel tax.

The minister said he will wait until he gets solid commitments from airlines on how they will increase capacity in return for the scrapping of the tax.

But Ryanair has accused Mr Varadkar of underplaying its plans to increase traffic numbers.

"I could not agree to foregoing significant revenues in taxes without a solid commitment from the airlines on the restoration of key in-bound routes," Minister Varadkar said in a statement.

A Government plan to abolish the tax in a bid to increase tourism numbers will be revisited in the Spring.

Ryanair said in a statement that it is committed to bringing an additional 5 million passengers in a five year period and also accused the Minister of “inaccurate claims.”

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