Tuesday 22 August 2017

Taoiseach backs minister who drove 200km to airport in garda vehicle after chauffeured car broke down

Dara Murphy and his wife Tanya when he was Lord Mayor of Cork.
Dara Murphy and his wife Tanya when he was Lord Mayor of Cork.
Dara Murphy
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed under fire Junior Minister Dara Murphy after he became embroiled in controversy for asking gardai to drive him to the airport when his car broke down.

Speaking outside the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mr Kenny said it was an 'emergency situation' which required Mr Murphy to ask gardai to drive him from Cork to Dublin so as not to miss a flight.

Mr Murphy’s car broke down on a motorway in Cork when he was driving to Dublin for a flight to Brussels.

The junior minister said he called gardai after he could not get any roadside assistance or a taxi.

“My understanding is that the Gardai offered to help him. I don't have the details of it, I have been busy all day,” Mr Kenny said.

“Three o'clock in the morning, travelling to catch a flight to Brussels on business. Obviously, the gardai, as I understand it, offered to help him,” he added.

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