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WATCH: Mary Lou McDonald slams carbon tax, citing financial pressure from energy prices

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has slammed the carbon tax, accusing it of furthering the financial pressure that people are facing as a result of increasing energy prices while adding that “the cost of living is absolutely crippling people”.

McDonald spoke on RTÉ’s This Week in Politics ahead of COP26, where she stated that a “carbon tax will only put people under more financial pressure” and that it won’t change people’s behaviour “unless you want to change people’s behaviour in not turning on their light or not having heat in their home.”

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As Europe faces an energy crisis that has resulted in a surge in energy prices, many people have already been placed under pressure from a financial standpoint without the inclusion of the carbon tax.

She said that the State cannot “penalise ordinary households with hikes on carbon taxes” while “rolling out the red carpet for data centres that guzzle energy and are afforded significant tax write-offs.”

McDonald also defended the decision taken on non-jury courts, describing it as “necessary” and that “We have had emergency powers on the books now for 80 years.”

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She added that the best option will always be trial by jury but in exceptional circumstances, you can have a non-jury option available.

IMAGE – “Mary Lou McDonald TD” (CC BY 2.0) by Sinn Féin/RTÉ (via Twitter)

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