A Mayo TD has said that the Budget must include zero VAT for newspapers to deliver vital support for local media.
Sinn Féin’s Rose Conway-Walsh has called on the government to give a vital lifeline to local papers across Ireland.
“Local newspapers form the backbone of communities here in Mayo by connecting and informing people about local goings on.
“We saw this starkly during the pandemic, as newspapers not only shared vital public health notices, but also ensured people could stay connected with their wider community while we were all kept apart by lockdowns,” Deputy Conway-Walsh said.
The Erris native believes that newspapers are vital for democracy and championing local causes.
“They also employ people locally in the economy here in Mayo. Unfortunately, they are coming under huge financial pressures as the media landscape changes and many are worried about stopping their presses and closing their doors for good,” she added.
“Next week, the government will announce their Budget 2023. One of the measures that should be included is cutting VAT on newspapers to 0%. This would be a much-needed lifeline for local newspapers. It would ensure that they can keep their doors open and keep serving local communities.
“I am urging all TDs in Mayo to stand up for local media by backing this measure. Local newspapers provide an important and valuable service to our communities. We must ensure that these resources are not lost due to the government failing to grasp the pressures our local newspapers under. It’s time for 0% VAT on newspapers,” she concluded.