Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Green minister buys mayor’s car on EBay

From: The Irish Independent

ACTING Green leader Trevor Sargent has put the party's preaching into practice.

He took possession yesterday of his new ministerial eco-car - a Toyota Prius formerly used by former Galway Mayor Niall O Brolchain - at Government Buildings.

Mr Sargent secured the car in an eBay auction set up for charity and handed a cheque worth €7,000 to Cllr O Brolchain, which will go towards 15 Galway charities.

The amount represents the difference between the retail price of €30,000 and the €23,000 cost price at which the car was sold by a Galway garage.

The garage had originally leased the car for O Brolchain's year in office as Lord Mayor. Mr Sargent, who is Minister of State for Food and Horticulture, will use the car for official functions.

"I am glad that the sale of this car is minimising the impact of CO2 emissions on the environment," he said.

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