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Leitrim Councillor believes rural Ireland won't be helped by cut in fuel tax

Mar 9, 2022 13:03 By Shannonside News
Leitrim Councillor believes rural Ireland won't be helped by cut in fuel tax Leitrim Councillor believes rural Ireland won't be helped by cut in fuel tax
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The government says a full cut is not possible.

Government has signed off on measures to reduce the cost of excise on fuel by a third.

It will lead to a 15 cent a litre drop in the price of diesel and 20 cent on petrol.

But opposition TDs have roundly said the measures don't go far enough.

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe saying he tried to strike a balance between helping people and not mounting massive costs for the Government.

The excise cut will cost 320m - with Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald saying it's not enough.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says a full cut on excise isn't possible

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Meanwhile, transport Minister Eamon Ryan has said people should shop around at forecourts, and drive more slowly, to reduce their fuel costs.

A Leitrim Councillor believes the Government is unaware of the pressures facing rural Ireland due to the fuel crisis.

Caillian Ellis recently proposed to reduce fuel tax by 50% over a six month period at a Ballinamore MD meeting.

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He says rural communities are struggling to cope.

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