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Taoiseach accused of being a “green poser” on climate action

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» Oisín Mac Canna

“Taoiseach, you are a green poser and nothing more than that. You are not serious about Climate Action, but you are serious about hammering those families and workers who ought to have been given a break yesterday." – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has accused the Taoiseach of being a “green poser” in his attitude towards climate action, and that his policies will disproportionately hit low-income families instead.

The comments come in wake of the Government’s annual budget that was delivered yesterday. Fine Gael’s Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe introduced a regressive Carbon Tax measure that would go after ordinary citizens, instead of challenging corporate polluters.

The Sinn Féin leader went on to say it is “classic Fine Gael” to send the bill to “ordinary working people.” McDonald continued by saying that in the absence of sustainable alternatives, carbon taxes will do little to change people’s behaviour to become more environmentally friendly.

“We need proper investment in order to give viable........

© An Phoblacht