Act quickly – before carbon taxes go out of fashion

The government’s green plan is full of ideas but short on action points; it needs to finalise the details while taxpayers are still amenable

23rd June, 2019

I awoke the other morning to hear Fianna Fáil’s environment spokesman, Timmy Dooley, on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland calling for tax increases. Hearing any politician call for tax increases rarely constitutes a good start to the day.

The call was, of course, prompted by the discussion on the government’s Climate Action Plan. Just like everything else, taxes can come in and out of fashion. Currently it’s quite acceptable for...

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