Taoiseach Micheál Martin stated that he didn’t use the government jet to fly to COP26 earlier this week but he refused to say if it would no longer be used when there is an alternative commercial flight.
“I didn’t use the government jet to go and because of the sheer numbers of people there we stayed in Edinburgh and took the journey down because there’s enormous crowds in Glasgow right now”.
Although he didn’t use the Learjet 45 to fly to the meeting, Martin said that it will still be necessary to be used for swift travel between Ireland and other countries for himself and other members of the Government.
“The Government jet isn’t being used that frequently, not because of design, I’ll be frank, because we do need to get to meetings, we need to get back and be here”.
Independent TD Michael McNamara said the jet shouldn’t be used in circumstances when alternative commercial flights are available.
He stated that “if it’s a city with scheduled flights like Glasgow then given the amount of carbon emissions, it is impossible to justify its use”.
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