Putting up fuel prices not the toll answer
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