A plethora of sneaky taxes means State never loses out
More cars on the roads, higher passenger numbers on public transport and higher pension returns mean that the stealth taxes imposed by the State are returning a tidy sum to the Exchequer.
And yet the consumer is not given a break.
Take petrol and diesel prices. They have fallen to the point where the average driver is now saving around €40 a month when they fill up at the pumps, based on AA Ireland figures.