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# Government Jet

Last month
February 2023
# Government Jet
State looking to buy a new ten-seater Government jet that can travel long-haul
Micheál Martin says there has been ‘serious issues’ with the current Learjet.
Last year
# New York
Taoiseach pays tribute to crew on diverted flight, says it's unfortunate he missed Biden reception
The Taoiseach missed a reception dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden last night.
# Foreign Affairs
Breakfasts, photos & cancelled hotels: how Government spent almost €500k on travel in two years
The highest spender was the Department of Foreign Affairs, spending €166,553 on foreign travel since the Government was formed.
# buy or lease
Buying a new Govt jet under consideration as current plane is 'nearing the end of life'
The Air Corps Learjet was purchased in 2004.
All time
# ge2020
Micheál says he won't use the government jet to fly back home to Cork if he becomes Taoiseach
Martin said ministers do need to travel abroad from time-to-time.
# aras 18
Taoiseach defends Michael D Higgins' use of government jet to fly to Belfast
Leo Varadkar said the pilots are “paid anyway” and the added costs of flying someone in the plane are “very small”.
Defence department justifies sale of Government jet for €418k
It would have cost €1.34 million to repair.
# Leaving on a jet plane
Taoiseach's spend on travel up, but he says it's because the government jet is out of use
More than , €295,412.59 has been spent by the Taoiseach’s department this year.
# Gulfstream IV
Government jet may have been sold for €330k less than its value
Additionally, spare parts for the aircraft were sold for what may have been just a fraction of their actual worth
# Flyin First Class
How often has this government used the country's jets?
Quite a bit, but the cabinet isn’t a fan of helicopters.
# 1st world problems
One of the Government jets has broken down - what are ministers to do?
The Gulfstream IV, which Brian Lenihan said in 2010 should be scrapped, is out of action — leaving just one jet on duty.
# Nyeewwwww!
Government to sell 32-year-old plane... which might not fly any more
The government is seeking tenders to sell off a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 – with “no warranty” on its condition.
# Taking off
'No plans' to dispose of government jet - which last government said it would scrap
Alan Shatter says there are no plans to get rid of the Gulfstream jet – which Tony Killeen said was to be phased out.
# Transplant
At last: Meadhbh McGivern in London for long-awaited transplant
The government’s Learjet brought Meadhbh McGivern to London overnight; she is undergoing surgery there this morning.
# Libya
Irish team leads evacuation of 16 EU citizens from Libya
The Irish government jet is one of the last to leave Tripoli, after seeing the evacuation of 3 Irish and 13 other EU citizens.
# Budget11
Budget 2011 hits ministerial planes, (cranes) and automobiles
Pooling the Mercs and dropping the Learjet: the Government find themselves transported to a new era of getting around.
# Government Jet
Dempsey's jet under fire from constituency colleague
Meath councillor Shane Cassells criticises minister and government for being ‘out of touch’.