A new survey has found that the majority of Irish people are opposed to climate action measures that would affect them financially.
The results of the opinion poll by Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI will worry a government seeking to introduce many new measures in the fight against climate change.
Respondents were quizzed on a series of potential or planned climate action proposals. Many of the measures drew strong opposition from respondents.
82% said they would be opposed to "higher taxes on energy and fuel, eg electricity, gas, petrol, diesel."
72% were against "making it more expensive to buy petrol and diesel cars."
69% reacted negatively to the suggestion of "higher property taxes for homes that are not energy efficient."
60% opposed reducing the size of the national herd.
53% were against higher taxes on air travel.
On building new data centres, 46% were against, 38% in favour, with 16% unsure.
There was an almost even split regarding a ban on "burning smoky fuels like coal and peat," with 45% for and 49% against.
One measure that provoked a strong positive response was "allowing more land to be used for wind energy/turbines," with 68% in favour.
1,200 adults were polled at 120 sampling points covering all constituencies.