Government under fire as just three out of 17 cars used to drive ministers are electric


ANY new auto acquired by the Condition really should be an electric auto when feasible, it has been claimed as new figures display just 3 of the motors utilized to ferry all-around Ministers are EVs. 

This is even with the Federal government pushing for persons to swap to electric motor vehicles with a focus on of acquiring a person million EVs on our roads by 2030. 

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar is one of the Cabinet ministers who has the benefit of a full time garda driver and ministerial car


Tanaiste Leo Varadkar is one particular of the Cabinet ministers who has the gain of a full time garda driver and ministerial motor vehicleCredit history: PA:Push Association
Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy believes the Government is failing to lead by example on the issue of electric cars.


Social Democrats co-chief Catherine Murphy believes the Authorities is failing to direct by instance on the challenge of electric powered autos.Credit: PA:Push Affiliation

Figures produced from the Office of Justice display that of the 17 cars and trucks used to push ministers just two are thoroughly electric, a person is a hybrid and the remaining 14 are diesel. 

5 of the ministerial cars and trucks are 2013/ 2014 Audi A6s whilst even though 7 some others are higher spec BMW cars and trucks which are all diesel powered. 

The fleet also consists of a tiny diesel operate bus. 

The hottest cars obtained for the fleet include a diesel driven Audi A6 3.0TDI purchased in 2019 alongside with a hybrid Lexus bought the same 12 months. 

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In 2021, the gardai (which manages the ministerial fleet) purchased two entirely electric powered AUDI A6 50TFSIs. 

The info was produced to Social Democrat co-leader Catherine Murphy adhering to a parliamentary dilemma. 

She told the Irish Solar that the Govt is operating on a “do as I say not as I do” foundation when it arrives to selling electric powered autos. 

She explained: “There are very bold Federal government targets for the change in excess of to EVs by 2030. 

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“Do as I say but not as I do with respect to the ministerial fleet is rarely showing leadership. 

“We need to have explanations as to why EVs are not staying purchased when the fleet is staying replaced.”

Sinn Fein’s climate action spokesman Darren O’Rourke claims that every new auto bought by the Condition need to be an electrical car when feasible. 

He said: “The point that two of these cars are absolutely electric displays that all of them could be electrical. 

“It is most likely just a circumstance of choice or ease that they’ve finished up with diesel vehicles and that operates contrary to our weather obligations. 


“It is a failing on behalf of the governing administration and it is not the 1st just one. It is not only us saying this. The business alone are saying the State desires to guide by illustration right here. 

“That would generate a next hand industry for us which is a substantial deficiency. 

“You just take it as go through that an EV won’t be a acceptable answer in all incidences but definitely the default position now need to be an EV and only in remarkable circumstance should they be going for an substitute.”

The coalition has set a target of obtaining 1 million EVs on Irish roadways by 2030. 

On the other hand, figures exhibit that 47,000 electric automobiles were being offered in Eire past calendar year leaving the Governing administration a extensive way absent from their focus on. 

The Authorities might want to maximize the amount of cars and trucks in the ministerial fleet following a report from An Garda Siochana recommended elevated stability for Cabinet ministers. 

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The Irish Sun revealed in January that a protection report had suggested that every Cabinet minister get the defense of a full time garda driver. 

Currently considerably less than 50 percent of the Cupboard get the help of a total time garda driver.


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