Irish Ministers have taken 30 trips on the Government Jet this year, new figures reveal. The Jet has been in use for 125 hours, at an approximate cost to the taxpayer of just under half a million euros.

The Jet has been used exclusively within Europe, with Ministers apparently preferring commercial travel for longer journeys to North America and elsewhere. The longest journey the Jet has taken is to the EU Summit in Bucharest in January, where, oddly, it made two round trips – delivering the Tánaiste and his entourage on January 21st, before returning to pick up and fly Minister Donohue and his team to the summit a day later.

The cost to fly the Jet, according to Government figures, is three thousand seven hundred euros per hour.