Friday 28 November 2014

Minister's car stolen outside own office

Published 31/03/2014 | 02:30

Joe Costello Minister of State for Trade and Development pictured during the opening ceremony of the Hunger Nutrition Climate Justice conference in the Conference Hall, Dublin Castle as part of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, yesterday.
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Joe Costello Minister of State for Trade and Development

A Minister has fallen victim to car thieves who stole his Skoda Octavia from outside his constituency office.

Minister for State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Joe Costello is reeling after the robbery, which occurred on Saturday afternoon.

The Irish Independent can reveal that thieves stole Mr Costello's personal vehicle as he was working in his office in Dublin's north inner city.

Gardai are investigating the incident, which happened just off Aughrim Street.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the Labour TD expressed relief that there was nothing of importance inside the vehicle when the theft occurred.

"It's an absolute nuisance, that's for sure. I'm hoping it will be recovered, as I have a number of ministerial engagements lined up in the coming days," he added.

Mr Costello has waived the right to employ his own drivers and uses his own car as his ministerial transportation.

He said the car was locked and parked outside his constituency office, which is in the Dublin Central ward. He believes thieves may have used force to open the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

"There was nothing in the car in terms of documents or anything like that, nothing of importance. There were a few leaflets, that's all. I suppose I'm just waiting now to see if the car can be recovered. Often in cases like this, it can be found abandoned or burnt out. We'll just have to wait and see."

According to Mr Costello, this is the second time he has had his car stolen since being elected to the Dail.

Irish Independent

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