Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has made the call for banks to scrap card transaction charges to encourage people to use less cash during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson has said that contactless and chip-and-pin payment charges should be banned so that customers and store staff will have less contact with cash.
Deputy Doherty wrote to the Governor of the Central Bank on Tuesday requesting a suite of measures to be offered customers that may be affected through sickness or job loss by the Coronavirus.
Speaking today, Deputy Doherty said: “The announcements made by government today are welcome and necessary, and it is essential that all is done to ensure the measures taken today are effective.
“While schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close, shops, restaurants and other services will remain open and it is essential that support is given to businesses and consumers during this time.
“While we continue to shop as normal, it is prudent that measures are taken to encourage card rather can cash transactions. This is in the interests of consumers, sales assistants and shop-floor workers.
“For that reason, I wrote to the Central Bank on Tuesday to request an immediate ban of all card transactions charges on contactless and chip-and-pin payments in the time ahead.”
Doherty said his request to the Central Bank would be a small measure, but “the success of our collective response will be achieved by small margins.”