Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael face a rural backlash as rural voters are left counting the cost of the latest carbon tax hike in last week’s budget.
There has been intense criticism of the hike from farm organisations and rural TDs.
IFA farm business chair Rose Mary McDonagh said farmers do not have an alternative to fossil-fuelled tractors and machinery. There is no viable alternative to agri-diesel. Therefore, she said, the carbon tax cannot achieve behavioural change and is unfair to farmers.