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Analysis: ‘Green recovery’ rhetoric is backed by substance for a change

Progress has been made in Budget 2021 but much work remains to be done to make Ireland’s economy less harmful to the environment

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

14th October, 2020
The incentivising of cleaner cars should result in a notable improvement in air quality on our streets. Picture:

It’s something become a mantra now for even mainstream politicians to talk about ensuring a “green recovery”.

For once there was some substance to back up the rhetoric, with yesterday‘s Budget outlining significant shifts in the state’s environmental policy.

Chief among these were a long-overdue reworking of the vehicle registration tax (VRT) system to penalise the most polluting vehicles, a ramping up of retrofitting, an additional €1...

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