Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Matt Carthy has asked the Taoiseach to give a commitment that the proposed increase in road toll charges will not go ahead. Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Carthy said that the Government should be supporting workers and businesses during the cost-of-living crisis, rather than hiking the costs of getting to work.
He said the priority should be to support workers and businesses not to worsen the situation by hiking costs for those driving to work. The Cavan Monaghan TD highlighted that regardless of the outcome of the Taoiseach's decision, Sinn Fein will use every opportunity to prevent the toll hikes from proceeding.
He added that Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, was aware of the proposed increase in toll charges but failed to act accordingly. "The Minister said yesterday morning that he was reluctant to tackle toll rises if it comes at the cost of other priorities.
"The priority right now should be to support workers and businesses facing a cost-of-living crisis; and the government certainly should not be worsening that crisis by hiking the cost of driving to work.
"Last night Minister Ryan said he is examining the matter. We have heard that before," said Deputy Carthy.