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Details on use of government jet to go online

USE of the main government jet by ministers – the long-range Gulfstream IV – is to be published online for the first time in an attempt to put an end to negative publicity about its cost.

The use of the jet has dropped by more than a third since the recession began, but it still features occasionally in media reports on foot of Freedom of Information requests.

The cabinet decided yesterday that the use of the jet by ministers will be published on a monthly basis by the Department of Defence on its website.

The details of the usage of the jet by the previous Fianna Fail-led government will also be put online – with the department confirming that all flights from 2008 onwards would be documented.

Irish Independent