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New Figures Reveal Shocking Amount Taoiseach's Department Spends On Taxis

By Sarah

July 31, 2017 at 10:35am

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Newstalk reports that the Department of the Taoiseach has spent almost €75,000 on taxis since 2015, a figure which appears to be shockingly high.

€14,000 has been spent on taxis from January to the end of June this year alone, with an average of nearly €30,000 annually in 2015 and 2016.

From 2007 to 2011, the government spent €2.2 million on taxis, with the largest bill coming from the Department of Foreign Affairs who racked up €1.2 million in taxi trips in a four year period.

The government's official stance on taxis is that taxis may only be used for official business and when public transport is not available. Staff are also allowed to use taxis during unsociable hours and when there is the risk of them missing a flight.

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