IFA: Carbon tax to cost rural Ireland ‘millions’.

THE carbon tax will cost ruralIreland millions of euro, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) claimed yesterday.

It said that “Strive”, the Environmental Protection Agency/Economic and Social Research Institute report published last week, shows the impact of the tax varies from €25 per household per year (inner city) to €275 in some rural areas.

IFA deputy president Eddie Downey said the report reveals how Government policy decisions continue to discriminate massively against rural Ireland.

Mr Downey said the €330 million that the carbon tax siphons out of the economy will be at the expense of jobs, as companies introduce cuts to meet the bill.

“The carbon tax will have a disproportionate negative impact on rural households. The average annual cost of the carbon tax would be 2.6 times greater on rural households compared with households in the cities.

“Many of these households in rural areas already pay water charges and a higher electricity charge and have deplorable roads and communications infrastructure,” he said.

Meanwhile, IFA president John Bryan meets European Union Commissioner for Research and Innovation Máire Geoghegan -Quinn in Brussels today and said he would highlight the importance of the single farm payment to Irish farmers.

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