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Irish petrol prices hit record highs, carbon tax a major factor

Irish motorists are facing prices of over €100 to fill up their cars as petrol prices surge to new highs, with the government’s carbon tax playing a major factor.

What’s more, industry heads say prices are set to rise even further before the year is out, and could rise by 1 cent per litre by the end of the week.

Currently, at Irish stations, petrol is going for an eye-watering 173.9 cent per litre. For a car with a 60-litre tank, that means it would cost a motorist €104 for a full fill up.


The increase was described as “scary” by the Automobile Association (AA).

“Increases in the price of petrol and diesel were expected – but this is on the back of what is a 25 percent increase in prices of petrol and diesel over the past 12 months,” said Paddy Comyn, AA Ireland’s Head of Communications.

“Irish motorists are already paying around 60 percent in tax at the pumps for their fuel. For some motorists, moving into an electric vehicle is as yet too far a stretch, and they have no choice but to now pay more to get around, as the public transport network remains imperfect, especially outside of the capital.”


According to, a spokesperson for the industry group Fuels For Ireland said this was a record high for fuel in Ireland.

“It completely is,” the spokesperson said.

“There’s relentless increase. There’s a confluence of events: the global shortage of gas meaning that some of the countries that use gas to produce electricity are now switching to use oil, that’s put a big increase on.”


Earlier this month, Limerick TD Richard O’Donoghue outlined the significant tax increases on fuel.

“I want to give people an account, in case they do not understand, of what carbon tax means for a person living in the country,” he said.

“For every €100 of fuel that is manufactured, do the people of Ireland know what the Government take from that is? The manufacturer of petrol receives €39.92; the local shopkeeper gets €3.08 for every €100 of petrol in a person’s tank; and the Government, which has nothing to do with manufacturing or putting the petrol into the cars, gets a whopping €57 out of every €100 of petrol that goes into every person in Ireland’s car.”

He added that per €100 of diesel, the manufacturer receives €44.38, while the local shopkeeper will get €3.08, or between 4 cent or 5 cent per litre.

“Meanwhile,” he said, “the Government will come away with a whopping €51.94 of every €100 of fuel bought.”

He added: “I often hear people say the shopkeeper is robbing them through fuel. The shopkeeper is not robbing them through fuel; the Government is. They are the most robbing, thieving people and they are so anti-rural.”


In 2019 AA Ireland described Ireland’s carbon tax hikes as little more than a “cash grab dressed up as a green initiative,” saying it would do little to help the climate.

Ireland is the 14th most expensive country in Europe to buy petrol, and the 21st most expensive in the world.

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