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Friday 18 August 2017

Ministerial jet is sold to US firm for €460k

The Government Jet
The Government Jet
Irish Government Learjet
The Irish Government jet

The Government has sold one of its ministerial jets for €460,000 to a US company.

The jet had been used to fly officials and Government minsters around the globe for 23 years, but the Gulfstream IV jet (above) had been grounded since last summer.

The aircraft underwent annual maintenance in July 2014 at the Gulfstream Aerospace facility in Georgia, USA.

Given the number of flying hours achieved and the age of the craft it was decided that the aircraft would be withdrawn from service and would not be returned back to Ireland.

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The Irish Government jet

The Department of Defence said that it would cost too much to bring the jet back into service again and opted for selling it off instead. It was purchased by a US company four months ago but the sale price has only just been released.

In January, Defence Minister Simon Covney said that it was unlikely that any more jets would be purchased due to budgetary constraints.

At the moment Government officials still have the use of a smaller Learjet when travelling abroad on official duties.

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