Emergency cuts to fuel costs set to take effect at midnight
Details of what reductions the public can expect have emerged.
Government plans to make cuts to the price of fuel through reductions in excise duty are expected to take effect from midnight, according to reports.
The plans have been considered since last week, when prices shot up to as much as €2 in filling stations nationwide.
The increase in inflation has been linked with the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
In response, multiple reports state that Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will bring proposals before Cabinet on Wednesday regarding the level of decrease in excise duty on fuel.
It is said they involve diesel prices dropping by 15c a litre and petrol prices falling by 20c.
The plans would also see the price of agricultural diesel, which has a lower rate of excise duty, being cut by a smaller figure though the ratio of the reduction would be the same.
According to reports, if the Dáil votes in favour of the changes as is expected, they would take effect from midnight.
Tanáiste Leo Varadkar expressed concern for the rising cost of energy prices in the Dáil last week.
“So even though the coal in Moneypoint now comes from Colombia, not from Russia, even though our gas supplies don’t come from Russia, the impact of Russian gas being slowed or potentially even being shut potentially will cause price rises," he explained.
"It already is. We've seen the price of oil and petrol and diesel and fertiliser rise very significantly in the last couple of weeks.
“Everyone driving by the forecourt this morning will have seen the price of petrol and the price of diesel, that psychological €2 per litre being seen in some stations at the moment,” he later added.
“We’ve already seen increases in our gas bills and our electricity bills and unfortunately, because of the events in Ukraine, we’re likely to see further rises over the next couple of weeks. Government will respond."