Irish Minister's State cars finally scrapped
The Ministerial Mercs that featured on Ireland highways and byways are no more – government ministers now have to find their own transport.
Plans by the new government to scrap the Ministerial cars for everyone bar the President, the Prime Minister, his deputy and the Minister for Justice came into effect on Monday.
Once viewed as a major status symbol, the government Mercs came to be abhorred in the wake of the demise of the Celtic Tiger.
Coalition partners Fine Gael and Labor had vowed to scrap the system, which cost the State almost $15million in the last two years, in the build-up to the recent general election.
Ministers will now be entitled to mileage allowances and to hire two civilian drivers paid for by the State.
The drivers will be paid $50,000 a year but retired police officers who take up the roles will still be entitled to their police pensions of almost $60,000 a year.
A number of retired politicians will also lose their state cars and drivers under the new scheme including former president Mary Robinson, and Prime Ministers Liam Cosgrave, Garret FitzGerald, Albert Reynolds, John Bruton, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen.
They will be entitled to official transport when attending State functions.
Justice Minister Shatter, the man directly responsible for axing the old system, said the average annual cost of transport for a Minister of State, including drivers’ pay, was €120,000.
That contrasted, he told the Irish Times, with the estimated €280,000 it cost to provide senior Ministers with official cars and police drivers.
The 60 or so police drivers will now be redeployed within the force and most of the vehicles in the car pool sold off.
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Top Christmas Irish ads that will be bring...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Families as well as Catholic Church and governm
Quoting Churchill to an Irish audience to make a point is not the silliest part of this sad missive. Like so many "Conservatives" Conboy mBill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an unrepentant “communist”
Obama is not a socialist, that is why you got ACA run by private insurance companies instead of Single Payer. I know he's not a socialist because I amUnionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for new flag for Northern Ireland (VIDEO)
More 'fried brain' nonsense...A sibling of an Irish person...is Irish...stay out of the Sun, 'n keep trying, cobber!!!Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
Hi alisaann, in truth, the ones who lose the most are the children. Marriage affords most people a means to bequeath possessions to the family without