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Fuel Protests - Dublin 11 April

  • 10-04-2022 10:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6,290 ✭✭✭ MrMusician18

    Tomorrow a large protest is being organised by a group calling themselves "The People of Ireland Against Fuel Prices". The last time they had their day out it turned into a damp squib, but the warnings about disruption tend to point to this being more disruptive. They seem to be a rag tag bunch organising through your favourite social media platforms as per usual.

    Among their demands is a price cap. The caps the group are seeking are €1.10 per litre for petrol, €1.20 per litre for diesel, 65c per litre for green diesel and 65c per litre for home heating oil. Oh and the resignation of Eamonn Ryan.

    Given that the price of fuel is being driven by global events well outside of the government's control, it strikes me as a completely pointless protest that will only disrupt the ordinary working stiff.

    Tldr, avoid Dublin city centre tomorrow.



  • Registered Users Posts: 11,913 ✭✭✭✭ elperello

    Like that's going to happen.

    The rest of the Government would all be thinking who else is going get cancelled next.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,722 ✭✭✭✭ Faugheen

    A group of truckers are happy to sit in town for days while they all miss out on income they would earn if they were actually working.

    Don't believe it for one second.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,224 ✭✭✭ SouthWesterly

    Once it's over by Wednesday evening. I've to drive to Dublin Thursday morning with my son for a hospital appointment

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,913 ✭✭✭✭ elperello

    They are threatening to dig in for more than a week.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,447 ✭✭✭ Polar101

    Great.. idiots blocking the streets to protest when the politicians are on their holidays.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,228 ✭✭✭✭ DaCor

    Just to point out that to meet their demands the govt would have to either slash spending (health, education and social services would be hit badly as the biggest costs) or massively increase taxes to cover the cost of reducing fuels.

    Neither is going to happen.

    In other news, the reddit thread on the protest is hilarious. The general public think little of the protest and their demands

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,290 ✭✭✭ MrMusician18

    That still won't change the price of fuel.

    Rather ironically, some of the supporters of the individual that's caused this will be out tomorrow, if previous protests are anything to go by.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,524 ✭✭✭✭ BorneTobyWilde

    Vat is the issue, it should be capped at 0.23 per litre, that way the government get what THEY ALWAYS GOT 0.23!, So they lose not a thing, while it saves the public a lot, as also most people don't, and can't claim back that vat, so it goes straight into Governments pockets.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,290 ✭✭✭ MrMusician18

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,228 ✭✭✭✭ DaCor

    Should the same be done with stamp duty?

    What about VRT?

    Or VAT on anything else?

    At the end of the day taxation pays for a lot services and you'd want to be very very sure you want to give up that tax when you have things like 200,000 Ukrainian refugees, housing shortages, covid still hanging about etc etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,524 ✭✭✭✭ BorneTobyWilde

  • I like that they're against fuel prices in general, not high fuel prices or low fuel prices, just fuel prices at all.

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  • Ah yeah. And I'm sure if they were to get their way and the government went further and put a cap on what they can charge per delivery or per km or per hour they'd be all in favour of that as well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,640 ✭✭✭ rolling boh

    Complete waste of time will achieve nothing .Price of fuels has gone mad but the powers that be will do nothing and even if they made some sort of gesture they would recoup it somewhere else .People should have a right to protest I accept that so will have to suck it up .

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,628 ✭✭✭ smurfjed

    @rock22 if the Government set a fixed duty on fuel rather than a percentage plus VAT, the price of fuel wouldn't fluctuate so much and would be cheaper. And nobody would have to pay more tax.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,786 ✭✭✭✭ pjohnson

    Fuel is so expensive for truckers they can afford to waste it on a stunt like this.