Minister for Foreign Affairs with his own vehicle arrives for a cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in May
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has been given clearance to keep his State car and Garda driver.
The minister was expected to lose his car and driver after he was demoted from the Tánaiste’s Office after the new Government was formed.
A government source said Mr Coveney argued the ministry involves significant cross-border travel…
17 July 2012: Cabinet notes the review that has been carried out, the substantial savings involved, and small changes to the scheme. Note it will still only apply to Taoiseach, Tánaiste, and Minister for Justice … not the Minister for Foreign Affairs…
Thread: Anatomy of a government decision & why it’s going to need another Cabinet decision to allow Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney retain his state car + garda drivers. It’s March 2011 and the FG/Lab coalition has been promising an end to the “Mercs and Ministers” era: pic.twitter.com/FikIOUi3SQ
— Ken Foxe (@kenfoxe) July 8, 2020