Irish Rural Link says behavioural tax will hit rural Ireland the hardest.
Irish Rural Link believes the Carbon Tax will increase the cost of living for rural families without changing anyone's behaviour.
It also says the same options aren't available for rural Ireland to decrease their carbon emissions as they car is the only realistic mode of transport for most.
An increase of 2 cent a litre in petrol and diesel came into effect an midnight last night and will see the average cost of filling your car go up by around €1.20.
CEO of Moate-based Irish Rural Link, Séamus Boland, says the tax should be fully ring fenced: