Budget must include zero VAT for local newspapers - Mayo TD

A Mayo TD has called for VAT on newspapers to be cut in the upcoming Budget to give a vital lifeline to local papers across Ireland.

Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh said: “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.

“Our 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.

“Next week, the government will announce their Budget. 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 believe that this measure would be a crucial boost for local newspapers that are under pressure.

“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.”