Putting up fuel prices not the toll an­swer

Drogheda Independent - - OPINION -

Dear Sir,

I am writ­ing to you about the let­ter in last week’s pa­per from John Kier­ans from Fianna Fail and his plan to in­crease petrol and diesel prices by 7c a litre to pay to get rid of tolls around Ire­land.

I am a self em­ployed electrician in Drogheda and my work takes me around Louth and Meath and North County Dublin. I never use a toll. I live in Bryanstown and there are lots of peo­ple like me.

I put around 70 litres of diesel in my van ev­ery week. Diesel is dear enough as it is but, by my reck­on­ing, John Kier­ans / Fianna Fails ridi­co­lus plan would cost me at least an ex­tra € 250 a year and I’ll get noth­ing in re­turn. I have a mort­gage to pay and my three small chil­dren are in pri­mary school. I need a hike in diesel prices like a hole in the head.

Plenty of peo­ple in Ire­land don’t use tolls. Why should we sub­sidise those who do?

In his let­ter John Kier­ans says the peo­ple who get up early in the morn­ing in Louth ex­pect to be treated equally. I get up very early, day in day out, but his plan would cru­cify me and my fam­ily. Bad and all as the gov­ern­ment can be, if this is the best Fianna Fail have to of­fer, there’s no way I’d vote for them at the next elec­tion. They’re out of touch and out of tune with the mood of work­ing peo­ple like me. Yours. Dave Mur­phy Bryanstown

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