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Rural TDs say “crippling” carbon budget to cost “€46,000 per man, woman and child” as it passes without vote 

Rural TDs have hit out at both the bigger parties in Opposition and the Government after the Carbon Budget sailed through the Daíl  last night without a vote – because less than 10 TDs called for a ballot to be taken. The Rural Group says that the Carbon Budget comes at a cost of €46,000 for “every man, woman and child to 2030.”

“Only the rural TDs tried to block the government’s crazed carbon budgets in the Dail last night. All other opposition TDs sided purposefully with the government’s multi-annual carbon budgets, clearing the way for the taxpayer and the private sector to foot the bill of more than five times the cost of the bank bailout,” Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath said.

The rural TDs sought a vote on the Carbon Budget last night but Leas Ceann Comhairle Catherine Connolly said a vote was not necessary as fewer than ten deputies opposed the measure. The measure commits Ireland to a legally-binding target of a climate neutral economy no later than 2050 and a reduction in emissions of 51% by 2030.

Despite Sinn Féin’s loud opposition to the proposed Carbon Tax this week, they did not oppose the carbon budget.

“The failure of TDs, especially other opposition TDs to support our group in the Dail last night, allows the government to proceed with carbon budgets until 2030, despite the public having no detail on the spending required, the cuts to be imposed or the additional taxes and debt to fund it,” said Mattie McGrath.

“The approval of these budgets gives the Minister for the Environment, Eamon Ryan, the power to impose unpreceded levels of economic pain on every sector of the Irish economy, masquerading as a green agenda. Yet, the reality is that the cost of everything from milk to petrol and diesel will increase drastically.”

“Approval of the carbon budgets motion in the Dail paves the way for deep sectoral emissions cuts, including up to 30 per cent in agriculture and 42 per cent in transport emissions up to 2030. The impact will hit every rural community hard, causing wide-scale job losses.”

“Astonishingly, all TDs, with the exception of my colleagues and I, challenged the government and sought a formal vote, requiring ten members to stand.  Nevertheless, not a single other deputy stood to support our stance.”

“This is despite an IMF report stating that the costs of these measures would approximate €23 billion per year or €230 billion to 2030. Either figure would equate to a direct financial cost of climate action measures of about €46,000 for every man, woman and child to 2030.”

“However, other indirect costs include job losses, with IBEC warning of at least 38,000 job losses in the SME sector exclusively. The farming and agri-food sector will also be targeted, with the government failing to categorically rule out a national herd cull and emphasizing the inevitability of dairy sector cutbacks.”

“Furthermore, under these climate action measures, the prospects of rural one-off housing will be all but eliminated, essentially giving the government power to proceed with banning turf cutting.”

“We hear about many TDs circulating their constituencies and on the airwaves, raising the crippling energy costs on families and sectors. Yet, those same TDs gave the government carte blanche last night, which will drive energy prices to the stratosphere.”


Deputy McGrath accused TDs of “disingenuously playing both sides”, claiming they were “doing one thing in the constituency, but another in the Dail”, hoping not to be detected.

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