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#Government Jet

# government-jet - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

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”.

# government-jet - Thursday 26 January, 2017

Defence department justifies sale of Government jet for €418k PAC

Defence department justifies sale of Government jet for €418k

It would have cost €1.34 million to repair.

# government-jet - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

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.

# government-jet - Friday 30 September, 2016

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

# government-jet - Friday 16 January, 2015

How often has this government used the country's jets?

Quite a bit, but the cabinet isn’t a fan of helicopters.

# government-jet - Tuesday 2 September, 2014

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.

# government-jet - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here’s nine things to know before 9am.

# government-jet - Thursday 19 April, 2012

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.

# government-jet - Sunday 1 April, 2012

'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.

# government-jet - Thursday 15 September, 2011

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.

# government-jet - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning…

# government-jet - Sunday 27 February, 2011

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.

# government-jet - Tuesday 7 December, 2010

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 - Friday 13 August, 2010

A FIANNA FÁIL councillor has launched a significant attack on transport minister Noel Dempsey over the €100,000 cost of a flight he took on the government jet while his driver followed him in his car.

Cllr Shane Cassells, a member of Navan Town Council and Meath County Council and a constituency colleague of Dempsey’s, said people struggling to make mortgage repayments on the back of increased interest rates could not support the government’s expensive ‘antics’.

He told the Meath Chronicle:

Last week was dominated by news of false mobile phone invoices from Ivor Callely and Noel Dempsey flying to Donegal on the government jet. But, for most people, the only news that was of concern was the fact that their mortgage cost was going to increase by over €1,000 a year.

These people then look at the paper and see Callely pocketing money he was never entitled to and the Department of Transport claiming the cost of a flight on the government jet for Noel Dempsey was €13,000 and not €100,000.

Who cares what it cost? It was still too much! This really is about as far removed from reality as it gets for most ordinary people.

He also said that Fianna Fáil’s grassroots membership was demoralised by the perception of the government’s high-flying lifestyle.

Speaking to a meeting of the party’s youth branch in Queen’s University Belfast earlier this week, Dempsey has conceded that he was “wrong” to have taken the flight but stopped short of apologising for the expenses of his travel.

The Queen’s student newspaper The Gown said that with the “wonderful benefit of hindsight”, Dempsey admitted he should have considered alternative methods of travelling from Dublin to Donegal to make an address at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.