Simon Harris promoting €43,500 Audi after taxpayer gives new state automobile

FOR SALE: Minister’s luxurious automobile, now surplus to necessities.

fter being supplied with a brand new State automobile by the taxpayer, with a garda driver, Greater Schooling Minister Simon Harris is promoting his personal non-public high-end car.

His Audi A6 is available on the market for €43,500.

An advert for the sale was posted on the minister’s social media account this week, however it was deleted minutes later.

The minister is reshuffling his transport and is anticipated to purchase one other extra family-friendly automobile for private use. 

The 2019 glossy black Audi comes with all the same old fashionable options and is claimed to be extraordinarily fast and nicely sorted. The two-litre engine has 83,500km on the clock. The sale is being dealt with by a revered dealership.

Being chauffeured round in a State automobile has usually been contentious as it’s seen as a perk of the job.

Ministers had been largely converted to Authorities automobiles with garda shut safety officer drivers final month following a safety evaluate.


Higher Education Minister Simon Harris

Greater Schooling Minister Simon Harris

Greater Schooling Minister Simon Harris

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris advisable the shift from civilian drivers amid safety considerations. It marks the return to the system in place as much as 2011. Since then solely the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and sure different workplace holders had garda drivers for safety causes. 

The rest of Cupboard ministers had to supply their very own automobile and their civilian drivers had been paid for by the taxpayer. 

The Garda says there may be sufficient intelligence to counsel a possible menace in opposition to all members of the Cupboard primarily based on their monitoring of these concerned in far-right anti-vaccine actions.

However the changeover has prompted some difficulties.

There have additionally been complaints over time about drivers having to drop minister’s youngsters to high school and accumulate procuring

Inexperienced Celebration ministers have been resisting plans to maneuver to State automobiles with garda drivers.

Eamon Ryan, Catherine Martin and Roderic O’Gorman have environmental objections as there aren’t any electrical autos within the ministerial fleet, and different considerations. Mr Ryan ceaselessly cycles round Dublin, and takes public transport when he can. 

Fianna Fáil ministers Charlie McConalogue and Norma Foley had been additionally against changing their civilian drivers.

Legal professional Basic Paul Gallagher landed in controversy throughout his earlier time period within the submit.

Method again in the summertime of 2009, a State automobile travelled from Dublin transporting his canine to Kerry, the place the AG was on vacation. The Authorities careworn the first motive for the journey was to ship pressing paperwork to Mr Gallagher whereas at his vacation house and the canine was merely hitching a carry. 

And there have additionally been complaints over time about drivers having to drop minister’s youngsters to high school and accumulate procuring. 

In the course of the Rainbow authorities’s time period, a ministerial driver complained about being requested to run errands.

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