Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan Pauline Tully has called for all TDs to back the party’s Dáil motion next week to scrap planned toll road price hikes.
The motion will be debated in the Dáil on Tuesday.
Teachta Tully said:
“On Tuesday, Sinn Féin will bring forward a motion in the Dáil mandating the government to scrap planned road toll price hikes. The price hikes will hit people’s pockets at a time when their finances are already under unprecedented pressure due to the cost-of-living crisis. These price hikes must not go ahead.
“People in Cavan, Monaghan and north Meath need to use toll roads every day for essential journeys, and this will put huge pressure on them financially.
“Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has made it absolutely clear that he has no interest in bringing toll operators to heel and is abdicating his responsibilities. He needs to take his head out of the clouds, and he must bring all possible pressure to bear on toll road operators and to scrap price hikes.
“These private companies are already making millions of euro in profit, so how can they, or Transport Infrastructure Ireland, justify increasing toll prices to their maximum permitted level?
“Just last month, for example, the M3 toll operator reported €11m in profit for the previous year. Continuing to pile costs onto ordinary workers and families in Cavan, Monaghan and north Meath who can’t afford them is unfair and inexcusable.
“These are people who have no alternative to use these roads – nurses, teachers and Gardaí, driving to and from work – and they are already struggling with commuting costs with diesel and petrol at record-high levels.
“Many commuters in Cavan, Monaghan and north Meath are reliant on their private car as government after government have failed to put sustainable alternative transport options in place in our communities.
“In addition, I am concerned that any increase in costs for hauliers also risks pushing food prices even higher, and it is incredible that Minister Ryan seems totally unphased by this at a time when food prices are already soaring.
“On Tuesday, the government has a chance to stand up for drivers in Cavan, Monaghan and north Meath and back our motion. These unfair price hikes can and must be stopped.”