3 Aug 2009
Irish Greens in jet scandal
It has emerged that Mr O'Donoghue used the government jet over a six-day period in 2006 to travel to the Cannes Film Festival in France, a constituency event in Kerry, the Heineken Rugby Cup final won by Munster in Cardiff, and a Ryder Cup launch near London, at a total cost of €32,450 to the taxpayer. More here
It was a wide spread opinion that going into government with Fianna Fail would lead to tears, jet gate looms, with the Green Party coalition partners admitting that the government jet has been used for pleasure trips for one FF minister.
We are dangerously close to tipping point when it comes to climate change and yet the Irish government is happily building new motorways and letting its minister fly by official jet on pleasure jaunts.
Depressing stuff....perhaps the Irish Green Party could change their name to the 'Irish Not Green Party' to distinguish themselves from Greens on the rest of the planet.
I wonder if John Gormley used the private jet to get to the climate conference in Bali?
Just asking....his blog on Bali is here.