Greens to back budget measures on fuel costs but want climate tax package in return

Mooted changes include cheaper public transport fares and lower Vat on bicycles

Ossian Smyth, Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment: ‘E-bikes are a game-changer.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

The Green Party is willing to accept an extension to the current excise duty cuts on petrol and diesel, in exchange for a budget package that includes an extension of cheaper public transport fares and a lower Vat rate on bicycles.

As part of a wider cost of living package being prepared for Budget 2023, the party is also pushing for the scrapping of Vat on retrofitting materials and an increase of planning staff to ...