Michael Fitzmaurice TD has expressed outrage at the possible increase in diesel prices and an increase in carbon tax in the next budget.
The Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway spoke out in response to speculation in the media, over the weekend.
He referred to the possible increases in the next budget as “grossly unfair”.
"I am once again asking the question, will Fianna Fail support another stealth tax that will affect rural people in particular?" Fitzmaurice questioned.
"I want to be very clear in this issue, if the price of diesel is increased in the Budget as a result of carbon tax increases, the price of every single product we use will go up too, as every lorry in the country that bring goods around use diesel. Fitzmaurice added.
Fitzmaurice said that the public transport is not available in “most rural areas”, and went on to state that “most people in rural Ireland who drive to work use diesel vehicles” as a result.
"It would be astonishing if Fianna Fail, the party who say they are standing up for middle Ireland, and who are negotiating with the Government on the Budget this week, allow the Government to raise the price of diesel in the Budget.
Fitzmaurice concluded by saying that “In case the Government or Fianna Fail do not understand there are many people in rural Ireland who have not seen any benefit from the so called recovery.”