IFA President calls for immediate suspension of Carbon Tax following French decision

IFA President John Bryan has called on the Government to follow the lead of France and suspend its decision to introduce a Carbon Tax to assist the country regain competitiveness so that exports and jobs can be developed.

He said the collective cost of the draconian carbon tax will take €330m out of the economy, and cost thousands of jobs in the energy-intensive farming and agri-sector and other export-oriented industries. John Bryan said, “This cost cannot be passed on in the marketplace and consequently further jobs will be shed and expenditure reduced in this country, adding to the dole queues. Most of the income generated from this tax will be used to pay the dole to those who lose their jobs because of it adding to our uncompetitiveness.”

Mr Bryan said, “The fact that France has taken the decision not to introduce a carbon tax unless there is agreement on a European Union wide levy is a clear signal that the Irish Government must do the same. The French realise that a Carbon Tax introduced unilaterally will negatively affect the competitiveness of their industry and exports.”

The IFA President said the country and its people simply cannot afford this anti-competitive Green tax.

He continued, “The Government must now accept that the Carbon Tax introduced here was a mistake. It will only increase our costs of production and negatively affect our return to economic growth and must be reversed.”

“The Carbon Tax will further increase farm production costs, especially in the grain sector which is struggling to survive. It is simply an additional cost on production for farmers as (i) no alternative fuels are available and (ii) farmers cannot pass on the extra cost to the market. The further income cut that will result for farmers is intolerable, coming on top of a 30% decline in 2009,” he concluded.

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