Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 7 - Finance
2020 Report on the Accounts of the Public Services of the Comptroller and Auditor General
Chapter 1 - Exchequer Financial Outturn for 2020
Chapter 16 - Ireland Apple Escrow Fund
Audited Financial Statements of the Exchequer for 2020

9:30 am

Photo of Verona MurphyVerona Murphy (Wexford, Independent)
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As regards being an island, when I discussed what we could do to reduce the cost of living, and we talked about not being able to reduce VAT, as a national interest measure, has there been no suggestion, in line with state aid rules, that we could reduce excise tax? Without any shadow of a doubt, there is nothing to stop the State reducing its carbon tax in line with Germany, or just reducing it, full stop. We are at €41 a tonne. I believe in Estonia this tax is at €2 a tonne. We are not competitive.